Coal’s end may be on the horizon FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Should we just give up now?The world’s electrical utilities need to reduce coal consumption by at least 60 percent over the two decades through 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change that could occur with more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced Monday.Such a target seems wildly ambitious: Even Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which tends to be more optimistic than other analysts (and more accurate) about the speed of energy transition, expects coal-fired generation to increase by 10 percent over the period. Hold on though. Is it really such a stretch?After all, U.S. coal-power generation decreased by about a third in the seven years through 2017, to 12.7 billion British thermal units from 18.5 billion, based on data from energy-market consultancy Genscape Inc. In the European Union, black-coal generation fell by about the same proportion over just four years through 2016, according to Eurostat, to 385,925 gigawatt-hours from 544,279 GWh.Across Europe and the U.S., the decline in coal output recently has averaged close to 5 percent a year. If the world as a whole can reach 7 percent a year, it would be on track to meet the IPCC’s 2030 target. The conventional wisdom is that this isn’t possible, as rising demand from emerging economies, led by China and India, overwhelms the switch from fossil fuels in richer countries. That may underestimate the changing economics of energy generation, though.The mainstream view is still that we can’t decarbonize our electricity system fast enough to meet the IPCC’s targets. But a decade ago, the current situation of plateauing demand for coal and car fuel and cratering renewables costs looked equally outlandish. Given the way the world’s energy market has changed in recent years, it’s a good idea to never say never.More: The end of coal could be closer than it looks
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After being outscored 22-3 in two games the Beaver Valley Nitehawks finally played like reigning Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champions.But even a resurging Hawks team was not enough to beat the high-flying Nelson Leafs.Rookie sniper Colton McCarthy scored with under two minutes remaining in the game to give the Leafs a 7-6 KIJHL come-from-behind win over the Hawks Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The game was the first for McCarthy, back from a three-game series with Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.The victory keeps Nelson perfect in the last 10 games and gives the Green and White sole possession of first place in the Murdoch Division, two points in front of idle Castlegar Rebels.Nelson has played one more game than Castlegar.Meanwhile, Beaver Valley dropped its third straight, included in the winless streak is a 3-0-weekend loss to the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.It was obvious from the opening puck drop this was a different Hawks team from the one that was shell-shocked 12-0 by Nelson the last time the teams played. Beaver Valley opened a quick 2-0 lead before the Leafs found some skating legs and led 4-2 after one period.Nelson managed to cut the margin to 5-4 after 40 minutes before Colton Schell tied the game in the third.Danny Vlanich scored a rocket on the power play midway through the third period to give the Hawks a 6-5 lead.But Nelson scored twice in the final half of the frame to steal the one-goal victory — the fourth in five meetings between the two teams this season.Schell finished the game with three goals with Aaron Dunlap adding a pair. Bryce Nielsen scored the final goal for Nelson, out shot 45-33 by the Hawks.Kurt Black scored three times for Beaver Valley with singles going to Vlanich and Levi Kress and Nick Perez.Cody Boeckman registered the win in goal for Nelson as the Cochrane, Alta, native out dueled Zach Perehudoff in the Beaver Valley nets.The game was the first of four on the road for the Leafs, which heads to the East Kootenay beginning Friday in Kimberley. Nelson plays Golden Saturday and Columbia Valley Sunday.Beaver Valley, travels to Creston Friday to play the Thunder Cats in the first of a two-game home-and-home series.The return match goes Sunday in Fruitvale.GAME NOTES: Leaf captain Colton Schell finished the game with four points and now has accumulated 20 points in the past eight games to jump into the KIJHL scoring lead. The New Westminster native holds a three-point advantage over Brendan Burge of Fernie. . . . Colton McCarthy leads Nelson in goals with 16 and is second overall behind Burge who has 20 goals. . . . Aaron Dunlap and Bryce Nielsen each had three points for Nelson while Nick Perez had three points for Beaver Valley. . . .In other KIJHL action Tuesday, Fernie shutout Creston 3-0 and Kimberley bounced Columbia Valley 6-1.
Two BC Sheriffs along with a RCMP civilian represented the Heritage City in the recent Cop for Kids Ride that tour Southern Interior recently.BC Sheriffs Mike Kosof, Rob Crowder and RCMP civilian Karen Armstrong braved saddle sores and tired muscles to join the 2015 Thomas Alan Budd Foundation Cops for Kids Ride Team. Since 1995, Cops for Kids, Inc. has assisted children, seniors, and families that find themselves in unfortunate situations.Through generous donations from local business sponsors and individuals in our community, Cops for Kids has enabled children and seniors to enjoy some of the basic necessities that were not available to them through other agencies.Here in Nelson, the Cops for Kids ride received quite a boost when the organization was presented with a cheque for $3052 Cops for Kids On-going Bottle Drive.Mallard’s Source for sports, always eager to promote a job well done, is pleased to honour everyone involved, including the Nelson Trio, with Team of the Week honours.