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'Hambi stays!': Thousands join German forest demo in anti-coal battle

Deutschland - Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators descended on Germany's Hambach forest Saturday, celebrating an unexpected court victory that suspended an energy company's planned razing of the woodland to expand a giant open-cast mine.

China continues to expand coal power plants

Beijing - China's declared intent to cancel new coal power stations appears not to have happened and instead an expansion of the fossil-duel powered plants appears to have taken place, according to an expert report.

German police suspend anti-coal evictions after journalist dies

Berlin - The German authorities on Wednesday suspended an operation to evict protesters, holed up in forest treehouses to block the expansion of an open-pit coal mine, after the death of a journalist.

German police evict forest activists in anti-coal fight

Kerpen - German activists living in treehouses to protect an ancient forest from being razed for a nearby coal mine on Thursday vowed to resist as police began evicting them, in a major escalation of the long-running environmental battle.

U.K. goes 1000 hours without using coal

The U.K. has gone beyond 1,000 hours without using coal. This is a further sign of a reduction with fossil fuel use as well as signal of Britain's green energy shift accelerating.

Fossil fuel energy consumption in U.S. is lowest in 100 years

Washington - U.S. fossil fuel consumption in 2017 reached the lowest share in more than a century as the use of renewable energy continued to climb and petroleum use remained well below its 2005 peak.

New phase of globalisation could worsen CO2 pollution: study

Paris - The shift of low-value, energy-hungry manufacturing from China and India to coal-powered economies with even lower wages could be bad news for the fight against climate change, researchers cautioned Monday.

Rescuers search for three Polish miners after deadly quake

Warsaw - Rescuers were struggling to locate three missing miners on Sunday after finding one crushed to death and locating another trapped after an earthquake hit a coal mine in the country's south, a mining official said.

Lawmakers plan lawsuits over West Coast coal port policies

Lawmakers in coal-producing Utah and Wyoming, faced by a shrinking market for the fuel, this week introduced laws to fund legal challenges in California and Washington of policies that they believe hurt coal sales.

Coal-loving Poland struggles with killer smog

Warsaw - Smog kills tens of thousands of Poles each year, yet environmental activists say the right-wing government of the coal-loving nation has been dragging its feet on combatting air pollution.

Taiwanese coal trader suspected of buying from North Korea

Taipei - Taiwan has detained a local businessman on suspicion of buying coal from North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions, prosecutors said Monday.

Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine

Frankfurt Am Main - The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians moot giving up their own clean energy targets.

BHP to exit global coal body over climate change policy

Sydney - The world's biggest miner BHP said Tuesday it would leave the World Coal Association and review its membership of the US Chamber of Commerce to show support for action against climate change.

Bitcoin's dirty little secret has real-world consequences

Bitcoin is basically a cryptocurrency, secret computer money without any physical form. Today, one bitcoin is worth nearly $19,000, but to get one, you either buy from an online exchange or use special computer hardware to mine it, and that is a problem.

India faces painful move to cleaner energy

Dadri - Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity.

North Korean coal piles up as Russian product sails away

Hunchun - A three-metre-high metal fence topped with razor wire in a North Korean port marks the front line of the United Nations' ban on coal exports by Pyongyang.

Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks

Bonn - A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution.To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.

U.S. to promote coal as a solution to climate change at COP23

Bonn - A major UN meeting, officially known as the COP23, begins on Monday in Bonn, Germany. However, plans by the Trump administration to promote coal as a solution to climate change has angered many who will be attending the climate meeting.

Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks

Bonn - Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn, on Sunday, the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the west German city.

Climate activists march to keep coal in ground

Bonn - Thousands of demonstrators converged on Bonn Saturday ahead of UN climate negotiations demanding that governments step up action to halt global warming, starting with a rapid phase-out of coal-burning power plants.

Climate activists march to keep coal in ground

Bonn - Several thousand demonstrators converged on Bonn Saturday ahead of UN climate negotiations demanding that governments step up action to halt global warming, starting with a rapid phase-out of coal-burning power plants.

Australia's Queensland calls election in test for populist Hanson

Sydney - The Australian state of Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef, has called a snap election that is set to test support for both the populist party of Pauline Hanson and an environmentally sensitive Indian coal mine project.

Labor Dept: Renewable energy jobs fastest growing sector in U.S.

Even as the current administration in the White House continues to pin its hopes on a resurgence of the coal industry, the US Labor Department's latest projections show jobs in the renewable energy sector will grow twice as fast as any other occupation.

Coal production globally sees biggest drop on record

As global renewable energy production hits record levels, worldwide coal production has declined by record levels, according to BP’s June 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy.

N. Korea coal export sinks to zero after China import ban: UN data

Seoul - North Korea's global coal exports sunk to zero in April, UN data showed, as China choked off imports from Pyongyang to ramp up pressure on its nuclear-armed neighbour.

N. Korea coal export sinks to zero after China import ban: UN data

Seoul - North Korea's global coal exports sunk to zero in April, UN data showed, as China choked off imports from Pyongyang to ramp up pressure on its nuclear-armed neighbour.

N. Korea coal export sinks to zero after China import ban: UN data

Seoul - North Korea's global coal exports sunk to zero in April, UN data showed, as China choked off imports from Pyongyang to ramp up pressure on its nuclear-armed neighbour.

US may stay in Paris climate accord, with caveats

Washington - Signs are mounting that US President Donald Trump's administration may stay in the landmark Paris climate change accord of 2015, under pressure from big business and public support for the agreement.

Britain's first coal free day since the Victorian era

London - The U.K. experienced its first day of power generation during which time no coal was used. This is the first day that coal played no part since the early days of the Industrial Revolution.

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.
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Peabody coal mine in New South Wales.
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The Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire, UK.
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A Wyoming coal mine.
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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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