Experts say global coal industry will not recover from Covid-19 pandemic

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The global coal industry will “never recover” from the Covid-19 pandemic, industry observers predict, because the crisis has proved renewable energy is cheaper for consumers and a safer bet for investors.A long-term shift away from dirty fossil fuels has accelerated during the lockdown, bringing forward power plant closures in several countries and providing new evidence that humanity’s coal use may finally have peaked after more than 200 years. Even before the pandemic, the industry was under pressure due to heightened climate activism, divestment campaigns and cheap alternatives. The lockdown has exposed its frailties even further, wiping billions from the market valuations of the world’s biggest coal miners.As demand for electricity has fallen, many utilities have cut back on coal first, because it is more expensive than gas, wind and solar. In the EU imports of coal for thermal power plants plunged by almost two-thirds in recent months to reach lows not seen in 30 years. The consequences have been felt around the world as well.This week, a new report by the US Energy Information Administration projected the US would produce more electricity this year from renewables than from coal for the first time. Industry analysts predict coal’s share of US electricity generation could fall to just 10% in five years, down from 50% a decade ago. Despite Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “dig coal,” there are now more job losses and closures in the industry than at any time since Eisenhower’s presidency 60 years ago. Among the latest has been Great River Energy’s plan to shut down a 1.1-gigawatt thermal plant in North Dakota and replace it with wind and gas.More importantly, in India – the world’s second-biggest coal consumer – the government has prioritised cheap solar energy rather than coal in response to a slump in electricity demand caused by Covid-19 and a weak economy. This has led to the first year-on-year fall in carbon emissions in four decades, exceptional air quality, and a growing public clamour for more renewables.“The economics of coal were already under structural pressure before the pandemic,” said Michael Lewis, the head of climate change investment research at French bank BNP Paribas. “And coming out of it these pressures will still be there – but now compounded by the impact of the pandemic.”[Jonathan Watts and Jillian Ambrose]More: Coal industry will never recover after coronavirus pandemic, say experts Experts say global coal industry will not recover from Covid-19 pandemiclast_img read more

CS Fullerton looks for home win vs Cal Poly

first_img February 14, 2020 CS Fullerton looks for home win vs Cal Poly SENIOR STUDS: Cal State Fullerton has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Jackson Rowe, Austen Awosika, Brandon Kamga and Davon Clare have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 78 percent of all Titans points over the last five games.BIG WEST IMPROVEMENT: The Titans have scored 71.8 points per game across 10 conference games, an improvement from the 59.5 per game they recorded in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JUNIOR: Junior Ballard has connected on 37.6 percent of the 93 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also made 71.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Cal Poly is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 69 points and 7-3 when scoring at least 69.WINNING WHEN: Cal Poly is a perfect 6-0 when it scores at least 74 points. The Mustangs are 1-17 when scoring any fewer than 74.DID YOU KNOW: Cal State Fullerton attempts more free throws per game than any other Big West team. The Titans have averaged 20 foul shots per game this season, including 25.2 per game against conference opponents. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCal Poly (7-17, 4-6) vs. Cal State Fullerton (9-16, 4-6)Titan Gym, Fullerton, California; Saturday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Cal State Fullerton looks for its fourth straight win over Cal Poly at Titan Gym. The last victory for the Mustangs at Cal State Fullerton was an 83-75 win on Jan. 23, 2016.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press last_img read more

Devin Clark takes a knee in support of Black Lives Matter protests during fighter introductions at UFC 250

first_imgDevin Clark was determined to make a statement at UFC 250.While he did just that by collecting his second consecutive win with a unanimous decision over Alonzo Menifield, what is resonating throughout social media is what he did before and after the fight. MORE: Jon Jones confiscates spray cans from protestersAfter the decision was announced in his favor, Clark again showed solidarity with the protests by raising a fist with his team in the Octagon.Devin Clark makes a statement with a unanimous decision win at #UFC250.And then he makes another statement in support of our brothers and sisters on the ground protesting the deaths of #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd and #AhmaudArbery.Beautiful.#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/E7nS6ZQ54G— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) June 6, 2020The deaths of George, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery sparked protests against police brutality and racism across the United States and worldwide. Those demonstrations have now reached the UFC’s Octagon, where Clark wanted to make sure that he made his position loud and clear. The 30-year-old light heavyweight from South Dakota took a knee and raised a fist during his introduction by Bruce Buffer in support of the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.  UFC light heavyweight @brownbearC took a knee and raised his fist while being introduced at #UFC250 pic.twitter.com/UbsU1t67r6— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 6, 2020Clark and Menifield — whose father was killed by Los Angeles police — put on an entertaining brawl that saw Clark have to overcome a possible orbital fracture to outstrike his opponent en route to the victory. last_img read more