In brief: Britain goes 1,000 hours with no coal, sparrows suffer from poor air

Also in the news, new record set as Britain goes more than 1,000 hours without burning coal for power, urban house sparrows ‘suffering from poor air quality’, river flow uncertainty scuppers farmers’ abstraction request and Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7bn in damages over US ‘asbestos in talcum powder’ case

Coal-fired power station. Photograph: kodda/123RF
Britain is using less coal-fired power every year, figures show

New record set as Britain goes more than 1000 hours without burning coal for power

Britain has this year exceeded 1000 hours of coal-free power generation for the first time.

According to a Tweet from MyGrid GB, this is a watershed moment for decarbonisation. It exceeds the previous years’ records of 210 coal-free hours in 2016 and 624 hours in 2017.

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