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Beyond coal: scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty

Eradicating global poverty is within reach, but under threat from a changing climate. Left unchecked, climate change will put at risk our ability to lift people out of extreme poverty permanently by 2030, the first target of the Sustainable Development Goals. Coal is the world’s number one source of CO2 emissions. Most historic emissions came from the coal industry in the developed world in the last century, with China joining the biggest emitters at the beginning of this one. It is widely accepted that a rapid and just response to climate change will require the urgent replacement of coal with low-carbon energy sources in rich economies. Read More

Teach Coal

The American Coal Foundation (ACF) provides students and teachers with educational materials related to coal. The ACF offers free lesson plans to help educators teach about energy. In addition, the ACF shares information about energy conservation, coal mining, and much more. Read More

Instructional Resources

Instructional resources include GIS, KML, video, homework, and handout files for environmental science courses for grades 6-9. Read More

Student Resources

Student resources include GIS, Excel, and PDF resources for student investigation into the science of energy. Read More

Energy Home

Energy is an interdisciplinary technology-supported middle school science inquiry curriculum. This curriculum focuses on the world’s energy resources. Students use geospatial information technology (GIT) tools including GIS (My World GIS or Web GIS) and Google Earth, and inquiry-based lab activities to investigate energy sources, production, and consumption. Energy is aligned to national science and environmental education standards. Read More

Power Plant Operator

Video and information on skills, education, average salary, and future of those working in power plants. Read More

Environmental Protection: The Solution Resource for Managing Air, Water, Energy and Waste Issues (Energy)

News, articles, blog posts, and products related to the environmental protection and energy production, storage, and transmission. White papers require registration. Read More

Global Warming: Energy Solutions

The energy choices we make have an enormous impact. Electricity generated by coal burning power plants is a major source of global warming pollution in the United States. But by reducing how much energy we use through energy-efficient technologies and by displacing dirty fossil fuels with clean electricity sources, we can build a cost-effective and sustainable energy future. Read More


The Department of Energy’s Biomass Program, run by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is committed to developing and improving technologies for making biofuels, for biomass power, and for making plastics and chemicals from renewable, biobased materials. Read More

Maps: Exploration, Resources, Reserves, and Production

A collection of maps depicting natural gas, oil, and coal fields in the US. Read More


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EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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