Under pressure from other EU countries, Poland is supporting renewables once again.

Poland, Europe’s biggest exporter and second-biggest consumer of coal, is cautiously embracing renewables to improve security of energy supply and meet European Union targets.

At the end of last month, the country’s upper house of parliament approved the removal of clean power investment roadblocks within a new renewable energy law aimed at putting Poland back on track to meet its E.U. commitment of 15 percent renewables by 2020. 

The country had strayed from its target after Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość or PiS in Polish), a national conservative party, gained power in 2015 with pledges to support the coal industry, Euractiv reported. The

Pruitt's resignation comes amid mounting controversy and numerous ethics investigations.

Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency amid mounting scrutiny of his spending and ethics practices.

President Trump tweeted Thursday that he has accepted Pruitt's resignation and praised the former administrator for his "outstanding" work at the agency. Deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler will become acting head of the EPA starting Monday. 

Pruitt's departure follows months of negative news reports on his unusually high travel and security expenses, including a $43,000 private phone booth. Reports also show Pruitt rented a condo linked to energy lobbyists for just $50 a day and enlisted aides to

New York State and the US government are getting serious about offshore wind.

New York state will lead a research and development hub dedicated to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy in the United States.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) $18.5 million over four years to establish a public-private consortium tasked with developing solutions to offshore wind installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain challenges. DOE’s national laboratories will receive an additional $2 million to support the consortium.

In an interview, Mark Torpey, Director of Business and Innovation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), said New York won the

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Emissions of this potent greenhouse gas waste billions of dollars each year and threaten the fuel's environmental edge over coal
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The amount of methane leaking into the atmosphere from gas and oil operations in the U.S. is far higher than official government estimates, putting at risk the environmental advantages of burning natural gas over coal to make electricity.

A study published in the journal Science last month reports that emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas are roughly 60% greater than what the Environmental Protection Agency thinks they are.

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New York State and the U.S. government are getting serious about offshore wind.

New York state will lead a research and development hub dedicated to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy in the United States.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) $18.5 million over four years to establish a public-private consortium tasked with developing solutions to offshore wind installation, operation, maintenance and supply chain challenges. DOE’s national laboratories will receive an additional $2 million to support the consortium.

In an interview, Mark Torpey, NYSERDA's director of business and innovation, said New York won the bid to host the consortium because its model

The thermal coal policy applies to both new and existing thermal coal mines and power plants.

Swiss Re took a step forward this week in its commitment to manage carbon-related sustainability risks and support the transition to a low carbon economy. 

As of Monday, the Zurich-based firm no longer provides insurance or reinsurance to businesses with more than 30 percent exposure to thermal coal.

The thermal coal policy announced in June 2017 was based on Swiss Re’s pledge to adopt the principles of the Paris climate agreement in 2015, which seeks to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.

As part of that commitment, “Swiss Re supports a progressive and structured shift away from fossil fuels,” according to a company statement.

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