A global transition is underway from coal to renewable energy, but a corresponding jobs shift is far less certain.
Driving the news: Wind-industry jobs aren’t a “feasible” replacement for local coal-mining jobs in the world’s four biggest coal-producing nations, and although solar is better situated than wind, it would require a massive buildout, a new peer-reviewed report finds.
Why it matters: As the world moves to cleaner kinds of energy, concern is growing about what happens to the people employed in heavy-polluting industries, especially coal. Indeed, such a progression is already rapidly underway in America.
How it works: The report, published last month in the Environmental Research Letters journal, analyzed the wind and solar resources of coal-mining regions