Tackling coal emissions

Speaking of taking action against climate change, a strong case can be made that the single most important thing we can do to reduce the chances of catastrophic climate change is to phase out coal. Coal is the one fossil fuel that is definitely abundant enough to cause catastrophic climate change. As such, we need to:

  1. Prevent the construction of new coal plants that emit carbon dioxide, including in the developing world
  2. Convert existing coal plants to run on biomass, greatly reducing their net climate impact
  3. Encourage the early shutdown of existing coal facilities, partly through a carbon price
  4. If possible, develop carbon capture and storage technologies

What actions can we as individuals undertake to advance the decline of emissions-intensive coal, both in Canada and around the world?

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

2 thoughts on “Tackling coal emissions”

  1. “Phase out” ?? That ‘s a cop out.

    Simple solution. Price coal realistically – it should be the highest cost carbon fuel – period. Then taxed above.

    Recent study says 30% of ice melt is due to black particulates – mostly coal caused. Immediately too. Future coal should be taxed on top of that.

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