Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough to power about 15 million homes, according to the data, which included preliminary statistics from the Energy Information Administration and Reuters reporting. That was second only to the record 19,300 MW shut in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s administration.The replacement of coal with power generation from natural gas and renewables has cut total U.S. carbon emissions in four of the past five years. Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming, as coal.The coal industry has been in steep decline for a decade due to competition from cheap and abundant gas and subsidized solar and wind energy, along with rising public concern over coal’s contribution to climate change.Trump has downplayed climate change threats and sought to revive the coal industry to fulfill pledges to voters in coal mining states like West Virginia and Wyoming, mainly by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. Still, since entering office in 2017, an estimated 39,000 MW of coal-fired power plant capacity has shut.If that trend continues, more coal plants will have shut during the first four years (2017-2020) of the Trump administration – an estimated 46,600 MW – than during Obama’s second term (2013-2016) – around 43,100 MW.[Scott DiSavino]More: U.S. coal-fired power plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge of support for industry Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019last_img read more

Norfolk offers vista of Burleigh beachfront

first_imgNorfolk at Burleigh Heads.“The team at Koichi Takada Architects drew inspiration from the immediate natural landscape of heritage-listed Norfolk pine trees to design a statement residential building that redefines luxury beachfront living,” Miss Edwards said.“Mim Design have incorporated hues and textures from the sand, sea, sky and heritage norfolk pine trees to illustrate interiors with the beachside charm, confidence and modern lifestyle synonymous with Burleigh Heads.” Norfolk at Burleigh Heads.A 10-STOREY luxury unit tower opposite an iconic surf break is set to hit the market.Synergy Property Partners is behind Norfolk at Burleigh Heads — it is inspired by the surrounding parkland, beachfront and headland of the popular beachfront suburb. Norfolk at Burleigh Heads.“Norfolk stands as the first multi-residential development on Goodwin Terrace in three decades,” David Calvisi, of Synergy Property Partners, said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Norfolk faces north to embrace stunning views of Burleigh’s iconic beachfront, making it the best site on the Gold Coast and a never to be repeated opportunity for owner-occupiers wanting a luxury apartment in a lifestyle-rich location.” Agent Jamie-Lee Edwards, of JLE Projects, has opened a pre-registration campaign to meet interest in the new high-end lifestyle residences. Pricing has not yet been revealed. center_img Norfolk at Burleigh Heads.Norfolk is set to be built on a 1,000sq m parcel on Goodwin Terrace.Apartments will offers views of Burleigh’s beach, foreshore, headland and the Gold Coast’s northern coastline.last_img read more

Brazil resumes publishing virus toll, criticizes WHO

first_imgFar-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s government had stopped publishing the total number of deaths from the new coronavirus Friday, saying it was adopting a new methodology and would only report the number of deaths recorded in the past 24 hours in its daily bulletin. BRASILA – Brazil’s government resumed publishing the country’s total death toll from the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, after facing accusations of trying to hide the magnitude of its raging health crisis. That drew accusations of foul play from a long list of high-profile critics, as well as a ruling from Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes on Monday that the government must return to the old format. (AFP)center_img Health workers assist a COVID-19 patient at the Gilberto Novaes Municipal Hospital in Manaus, Brazil. AFPlast_img read more

Alejandro Bedoya calls out Congress during MLS game in response to mass shootings

first_imgAnother weekend, two more mass shootings in America — and Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya has had enough.After scoring his team’s opening goal in a 5-1 win over DC United on Sunday, the 32-year-old ran over to an on-field TV microphone and shouted, “Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!” The moment was captured on Fox Sports:MORE: Alex Morgan plans for future on USWNT: “I want another World Cup”Bedoya is from Weston, Fla., close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and staff members were killed in a mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018.Before Sunday’s game, he shared a tweet about gun policy in the United States: After the game, he added this: At least 29 people were killed over the weekend in separate mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.There have been more mass shootings than days in 2019, according to CBS News:”As of Sunday, which was the 216th day of the year, there have been 251 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.”last_img read more

Penn Hills defeats Obama Academy

first_imgDESIREE OLIVER of Penn Hills scored 19 points to lead the Lady Indians to a 59-47 win over Obama AcademyDesiree Oliver of Penn Hills scored 19 points to lead the Penn Hills Lady Indians to a 59-47 win over Pittsburgh Obama Academy.IONIE BONNER of Penn Hills gets trapped by Obama defenders, Banner chipped in with 12 points in the Lady Indians 59-47 winJADE ELY (10) of Penn Hills drives on Dalaysia Askew (4) of Obama Academy, Ely scored 17 points in the Lady Indians 59-47 winFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more