There are approximately 1,500 new coal-fired plants in the planning or construction phases around the world, but existing coal plants are more often sitting idle, and electricity produced from coal continues to decrease globally. A separate report confirms the decline of coal in Asia due to a supply glut of the fuel, concerns about air pollution, and financial difficulties. The Paris climate agreement is also helping to drive a transition in the power sector, increasing investment in low-carbon and renewable energy.
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Early advertisement for barbed wire fencing, 1880-1889. The advent of barbed wire dramatically changed ranching and land use in the American West by ending the open range system. Kansas Historical Society / CC BY-ND
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