England Just Had Its First Day Without Coal Since Industrial Revolution

England Just Had Its First Day Without Coal Since Industrial Revolution

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For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, England went 24 hours without the use of coal for electricity.

According to the National Grid, the longest amount of time without coal was a 19-hour span of time in May. Then on Friday, it broke the record for the first full day without coal-power.

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Britain reportedly hasn’t existed a full day without coal power since the 1882 opening of the Holborn Viaduct in London.

There are currently 16 coal plants left in the UK, all of which will be closed by 2025 in an effort to reduce pollution and harmful emissions.

The historic day comes as a welcome follow-up to a report published in March stating that the levels of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere last year fell to the same amount as 1894 – the year that the first petrol-powered car was patented. The statement reflects the country’s 54% drop in coal use, amounting to only about 381 million tons of dispelled CO2 emissions.

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