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Stanford Energy Q&A: Why do we burn so much coal?

December 2019

PESD associate director Mark Thurber recently spoke with Stanford Energy about the findings of his recent book on why the world continues to burn so much coal despite its major contribution to air...

Thurber talks at UBC about coal

September 2019

On September 17, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC about findings from his new book Coal (available on Amazon).  Coal burning...

Thurber featured on CSIS podcast

June 2019

  On June 17, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber talked with Nikos Tsafos from CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) on the CSIS...

Thurber speaks in DC on coal-gas competition

June 2019

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber was a panelist at the 2019 Energy Security Workshop in Washington, D.C., where he spoke about why LNG (liquefied...

Thurber launches book, talks coal in Germany

April 2019

In no other developed country is the role of coal in the energy mix more hotly debated than in Germany.

PESD Releases New Book on Global Coal Market

August 2015

Coal is the leading energy-related cause of climate change and creates serious local air pollution; it also remains, for now, an essential energy source for many growing economies.

US on the verge of becoming major coal exporter

April 2012

As abundant domestic natural gas production erodes coal’s market share in the US, coal producers are looking to overseas markets for growth.

Thurber talks about what “clean coal” means in Asia

February 2012

In his National Bureau of Asian Research interview, Mark Thurber outlines the key issues that define Asia’s rising energy demand, the emerging global market for coal, new technologies for this age...

Morse to speak at the UT Energy Symposium

September 2011

Richard K. Morse is the invited speaker for the UT Energy Symposium on November 3, 2011 about international coal markets -focusing on coal, climate, and China.

Morse debates US coal exports in NRDC's magazine

August 2011

Appearing in the NRDC's OnEarth Magazine, Richard Morse debates how new US coal exports would impact international energy markets and carbon emissions.

Video: Morse Led the SLAC Colloquium on Coal Renaissance in a Post-Kyoto World

June 2011

On Monday, June 13, 2011, as part of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's colloquium series, Richard Morse from the Program on Energy on Sustainable Development led the talk on “Addressing the ...

PESD Researcher Gang He Selected as Aspen Environment Forum Scholar

May 2011

Gang He joins others at the Aspen Environment Forum 2011 May 30 - June 2, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado.

Richard Morse speaks at the IEA's Coal Market Conference in Beijing

April 2011

Morse argued that significant exports from the Powder River Basin area could reach international markets in the coming years, and demonstrated how that would impact the international coal trade in...

PESD researcher Gang He presented at the ESI international conference

April 2011

Gang He traveled to Singapore this past month to present for the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) at the National University of Singapore’s conference on "Policy Responses to Climate Change and...

PESD releases cutting-edge study on the future of Australia's coal market

March 2011

Critical challenges now facing the industry are poised to determine whether Australia will continue to be the globe's largest coal supplier.

Morse speaks at State Department seminar on global development and climate change

February 2011

Richard K. Morse discussed how to reconcile global development goals -- which often rely on coal -- with US climate objectives at a US Department of State event on February 10th.

Wolak's climate op-ed featured in the UK Guardian

February 2011

PESD Director Frank Wolak explain how the unknown price tag of carbon and uncertainty of US National climate policy are impeding on investments for oil substitutes.

New PESD research examines China's efforts to remake its coal and power sectors

December 2010

PESD's new research analyzes China's coal-power base reforms and how they will impact Chinese and global coal markets.


Mark's profile picture Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
ajha photo Akshaya Jha Faculty Affiliate at PESD