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Deadly blast rips through Ukraine coal mine

Kiev - Eight miners died Thursday when a methane gas explosion tore through a pit in western Ukraine, in the latest mine disaster in the ex-Soviet state.

Deadly blast rips through Ukraine coal mine

Kiev - Eight miners died Thursday when a methane gas explosion tore through a pit in western Ukraine, in the latest mine disaster in the ex-Soviet state.

Deadly blast rips through Ukraine coal mine

Kiev - Eight miners died Thursday when a methane gas explosion tore through a pit in western Ukraine, in the latest mine disaster in the ex-Soviet state.

Ukraine rebels threaten to seize enterprises over blockade

Kiev - Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine on Monday threatened to seize control of enterprises across their territories unless Kiev halts a blockade by nationalist protesters.

China halts North Korea coal imports after missile test

Bejing - "(China) will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year (including coal for which customs applications have been made but not yet processed)," the commerce ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

Ukraine declares state of energy emergency

Kiev - Ukraine on Wednesday announced a state of emergency for its energy sector that could result in rolling blackouts as officials try to sharply curtail electricity use by consumers.

IEA urges Poland to curb reliance on coal

Varsovia - Poland should rethink its dependence on heavily polluting coal and focus instead on developing cleaner energy sources, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

India mine collapse toll rises to 17 as rescue effort continues

New Delhi - The death toll from a mine collapse in eastern India's Jharkhand state rose to 17 Sunday as rescue workers continued to search for the bodies of six missing miners.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

Ukraine's rebel miners choose lethal toil over bullets

Shakht - "You either steal, fight or dig."These are the stark choices that led a lean 28-year-old to risk his life on a daily basis by working in an illegal coal mine in Ukraine's war-torn industrial east.

Chinese coal accident 'kills 12, traps 8'

Bejing - At least 12 people were killed and eight more are trapped after an explosion Tuesday in a Chinese coal mine, state media reported, the latest disaster in the country's notoriously dangerous mines.

German police arrest 120 in anti-coal demonstrations

Deutschland - German police said Sunday they arrested 120 people following violent clashes between environmental activists and security personnel at anti-coal demonstrations in the east of the country.

Eco campaigners blockade German coal mine

Proschim - Two thousand environmental protesters blockaded a coal mine in Germany on Friday as part of an international campaign against the use of fossil fuels.

Developing nations became top investors in renewables in 2015: UN

Paris - Investment in renewable energy hit a record $286 billion (256 billion euros) in 2015, more than half of which came from developing countries for the first time, according to a UN report released Thursday.

Chinese coal miners strike over wages, layoffs

Bejing - Thousands of miners in China's coal-rich north have gone on strike over months of unpaid wages and fears that government calls to restructure their state-owned employer will lead to mass layoffs.

Chinese coal miners strike over wages, layoffs

Bejing - Thousands of miners in China's coal-rich north have gone on strike over months of unpaid wages and fears that government calls to restructure their state-owned employer will lead to mass layoffs.

Chinese coal miners strike over wages, layoffs

Bejing - Thousands of miners in China's coal-rich north have gone on strike over months of unpaid wages and fears that government calls to restructure their state-owned employer will lead to mass layoffs.

End of an era as Britain's last coal mine closes

Kirkoswald - The closure of Britain's last coal mine on Friday in a misty corner of Yorkshire brings to an end a proud history of industrial boom and social struggle.

Greenpeace barred in bid for Vattenfall's German coal operations

Berlin - Greenpeace said Monday it has been barred from bidding for the German coal operations of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, which the environmental activists intended to shut down.

Oldest Romanian mine closes after 156 years

- The lift rose slowly, bringing workers to the surface for the last time at Romania's Petrila mine, ending production at what was once a proud symbol of the country's coal indusry.

Greenpeace offers to buy coal-based plants to shut them down

Greenpeace is exploring funding options to buy four coal-fired power plants and their corresponding mines in Eastern Germany to shut them down.

Op-Ed: Obama’s bold carbon plan is in fact, a work of fiction

President Obama’s plan to reduce CO2 power plant emissions by 32 percent, in fact, only cuts emissions by 16 percent, and cuts total emissions by 7 percent.

Scientists: Stop burning fossil fuels, there is no C02 technofix

If we are to limit climate change, an immediate end to burning fossil fuels is necessary, scientists in Germany reported in a recent study.

Norway blazes trail by pulling huge sovereign fund out of coal

Oslo - Norway's parliament voted Friday to pull its sovereign wealth fund -- the world's biggest -- out of coal, in what is seen as a major victory for environmentalists.

Rival rallies in Germany over fate of coal-fired power plants

Frankfurt - Thousands turned out in Germany Saturday for rival rallies for and against the closure of coal-fired power plants, as debate on the issue rages.

Saskatchewan: Green technology for Canada

Estevan - Canada's prairie province of Saskatchewan is starting to attract worldwide attention. On October 2, an ageing coal-fired power plant was re-activated after being retrofitted to capture one million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Pennsylvania planning to extinguish long-burning coal fire

Pittsburgh - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has finally decided to set aside funding in an effort extinguish a several-year-old fire burning near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Op-Ed: House energy bill shows lawmaker's animosity toward White House

The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bipartisan Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill in a vote of 253-170. On the surface, the bill looks sensible enough, but it effectively damages environmental programs.
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