England’s first day without coal since 1882! Now that’s progress.

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, England went a full day without the use of coal for electricity.

 

Britain hasn’t gone 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 toxic emissions.

The historic day comes with more good news indicating that levels of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere last year fell to the same amount as 1894 – the year that the first automobile was patented. The lower CO2 levels reflect England’s 54% drop in coal use.

Alternatives and conservation are stepping in to do the work of replacing coal. This story is only going to get better, I’ll keep watching.