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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.

Solar Power: The saffron revolution

India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says every home in the nation will be running at least one light bulb by 2019.

Ukraine rebels seize coal mines, demand explosives

Kiev - Separatist rebels on Thursday seized four Ukrainian coal mines in the east of the strife-torn country and demanded that its workers supply them with explosives, the energy ministry said.

China coal mine death toll rises to 20

Qujing - The death toll from a flooded coal mine in southwest China has risen to 20 with the recovery of another 14 bodies nearly two weeks after the accident, state media reported.

Japan pushes to build hi-tech power plants abroad

Tokyo - Two Japanese companies have agreed deals to develop advanced coal-fired power plants in Malaysia and Myanmar as part of a government drive to export energy efficiency technology to emerging markets, a report said Sunday.

Coal giant launches campaign to save the world's poor with coal

As coal industry profits continue to shrink, the world’s largest coal company is looking to expand into a new market – the world’s poor. And to help accomplish this, they’ll be getting help from the world’s largest public relations firm.

U.S. exports global warming

While America talks of a greener and cleaner future, exports of dirty fuel into other countries are flooding the markets with cheap, high carbon fuels.

Tour operators fume over Great Barrier Reef dumping plan

Sydney - Furious tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday threatened legal action after approval was given to dump of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters.

Australia approves plan to dump dredge spoil in Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists.

Op-Ed: The Great Barrier Reef needs our help Special

The Great Barrier Reef, perhaps the greatest natural wonder of the world, could be heading for trouble, even before climate change. The GBR's watery expanse, 1,400 miles along Australia's east coast, contains thousands of plant, fish, and other species.

Remaining coal reserves 'should be left untapped'

Warsaw - The United Nations lead on climate change has called for the remaining global coal reserves to be left untapped in a bid to reduce pollution levels.

Review: Sting has new album and is headed for Broadway

New York - It has been 10 years since his fans have been delivered a Sting album of all new music, and “The Last Ship” delivers a sort of troubadour-like experience that one could imagine hearing around a campfire.

Chinese citizens died from free coal

A government policy to provide Northern Chinese residents with free coal for heat during the Mao era has ended up reducing their life spans.

Op-Ed: Natural gas could replace coal

If natural gas production is not thwarted by environmental interests, it could overtake coal during the next two decades to become the second largest world energy source. This will give Mideast and Russian gas producers some serious competition.

NASA finds sharp decrease in U.S. coal power plant pollution

Scientists using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA's Aura satellite confirmed that levels of sulfur dioxide, a highly toxic air pollutant emitted by coal-fired power plants, decreased significantly in the eastern United States, NASA announced.

NASA satellites confirm decline in coal power air pollution

Levels of coal produced sulfur dioxide, a major air pollutant, are falling across eastern USA according to a special NASA satellite tasked with measuring the quality of the Earth's atmosphere.

Utility giant to close five US coal-fired plants

Columbus - American Electric Power (AEP), the Ohio utility giant, announced late last week it will retire five coal-fired fuel plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of proposed regulations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Massey Energy blamed in coal mine disaster, 'knowingly’ broke law

Washington - An extensive investigation into West Virginia's coal mine disaster killing 29 workers last year has found the mine's operator, Massey Energy, responsible and notes the company "knowingly" violated the law and "blatanty" disregarded worker safety.

Upper Big Branch Mine coal disaster rescuers were ‘expendable’

Charleston - Last year's Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster, claiming the lives of 29 workers, also put at risk federal rescue teams who began their search for potential survivors hours after the blast without backup rescue teams in place, pressured by Massey Energy.

Op-Ed: West Virginia‎ Senator Robert C. Byrd dead at 92

Washington - It's with much sorrow that we report today the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. A son of West Virginia, Byrd devoted his life to the Mountain State. His enduring dedication to improving the lives of each person he represented will live on forever.
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This denuded area used to be a mountain in West Virginia.
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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla, Turkey, about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tuesday's disaster occurred.
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File photo of Shirley Phelps-Roper at a Westboro demonstration held in Charleston WV after the 2010 mining disaster that claimed twenty-nine lives.
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Southern West Virginia Miner's Memorial Dedicated by UMWA District 17, August 15, 1998
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Coal Miner Memorial Statue
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