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Report: Global Coal Demand Drops Second Year in a Row

12/18/2017 | Abby Harvey

Global coal demand fell nearly 2% in 2016, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Coal 2017 Analysis and Forecasts report, released December 18. “Demand for coal has now dropped by 4.2% since 2014, almost matching the fall of 1990-1992, which was the largest two-year decline recorded since the IEA started compiling statistics more than 40 years ago,” the report says.

Coal demand varies in different areas, of course. However, while demand in places like India increased, it was not enough to offset significant declines in the United States and China.




In a report last week, the cryptocurrency website Digiconomics said that worldwide bitcoin mining was using more electricity than Serbia. The country. Writing for Grist, Eric Holthaus calculated that by July 2019, the Bitcoin peer-to-peer network—remember BitTorrent? Like that—would require more electricity than all of the United States. And by November of 2020, it’d use more electricity than the entire world does today.

That’s bad. It means Bitcoin emits the equivalent of 17.7 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, a big middle finger to Earth’s climate and anyone who enjoys things like coastlines, forests, and not dying of mosquito-borne diseases. Refracted through a different metaphor, the Bitcoin P2P network is essentially a distributed superintelligence utterly dedicated to generating bitcoins, so of course it wants to convert all the energy (and therefore matter) in the universe into bitcoin.

Black Democrats kicked it up a notch in Alabama

Click the tweet to open the thread


Has anyone made scrapple?

I made some turkey scrapple and it was tasteless and a lot softer than I expected. I just used a cup of regular cornmeal to 4 cups of liquid. Is there some other product that might give a better result?

Council approves Key Arena deal


How do you feel about this statement from Rep. Kathleen Rice?

I've been thinking about this entire mess and I agree with Representative Rice. Democrats need to walk what they talk, with regard to Franken and Conyers. I really liked both of these guys. I was ecstatic when Al was finally seated, but I read the testimony of those women he groped. It was quite explicit and utterly convincing. We can't just wave it away. If we do, if this is who we are, we might as well shut up about Roy Moore, 'cause no one is going to listen to what we say or believe we mean a word of it.


Claire explains it


Russian propaganda machine catapulting Democratic controversy

If their intent is to divide us, it's working


Overheard on reddit

"a large Washington corporation is lobbying our politicians to make Washington state the next "right to work" state."

"the Washington Policy Center that received the $330,000 lobbying grant"

Has anyone heard of this? What large corporation could it be?


"We'll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit..."

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