Coal and climate change

Coal Fired Power Stations

The single greatest threat to the climate comes from burning coal. Coal-fired power is the most environmentally damaging means of generating electricity and is historically responsible for most of the CO2 in the air today – about half of all global carbon dioxide emissions. In carbon terms coal is the dirtiest fuel known to man.

Longannet is coal-fired, the most climate wrecking form of power

Scotland's largest power station, Longannet on the Firth of Forth, is coal-fired, which is the most climate-wrecking form of power (image by Gary Henderson, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

We don’t need coal to provide a secure energy supply in the future. Doing just three things will help us to deal with climate change and meet all of our future electricity needs: making our homes and buildings more energy efficient; speeding ahead with large scale wind, wave, tidal and solar power; and updating our outdated, centralised energy system by capturing the wasted heat from the fossil fuels we do use like gas and re-using it to heat our buildings and water.

Time is running out to avert a climate disaster, help to make sure that no new coal fired power stations are built.

Read: Coal’s Contibution to Climate Change – The Tyndal Center for Climate Change (PDF)


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