Coal-fired power stations have been a driving force of the global economy for generations, providing work for millions of employees and supporting the livelihoods of countless communities around the world. So, how do those people cope when power stations are shut down to save the environment?
Power stations are one of the biggest causes of greenhouse gas emissions that increase global temperatures and trigger potentially catastrophic climate change. Coal accounted for more than 40% of the worldwide growth in carbon dioxide emissions in 2021 which hit an all-time high of 15.3 billion tonnes, according to the International Energy Agency.
United Nations-backed research indicates the world needs to achieve a 43% reduction in emissions before the end of the decade. However, they are currently on course to increase by 14% within that time span, in part because of the high price of natural gas.