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North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un 1.5.2016 AP Top News
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim's plans for the country's economy and military....
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North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un 1.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military. The congress, set to begin on Friday, is the first in 36 […]
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North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un 1.5.2016 Washington Post: World
North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military.
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Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools? 1.5.2016 NPR News
There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.
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6 Sensational Photos From A Global Contest With 230,000 Entries 30.4.2016 NPR News
From a man with his pet rooster in Bali to the victim of an acid attack in Iran, here are some of the featured images from the Sony World Photography Awards.
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Debate: The race to the bottom: Fossil fuels vs fossil news, Part 4 ... 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
­ — Report: Coal demand drops in almost all U.S. states — Gretchen Frazee | PBS News Hour “Coal use has dropped in all but two states since 2007, a new analysis shows — adding to the growing evidence of the fossil fuel’s continued decline. “A U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Thursday shows demand for coal increased in only Alaska and Nebraska. “In Texas, which consumes the most coal, use of the fossil fuel dropped 16 percent from 2007 to 2015. In other major coal-reliant st...
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Peabody posts bonds to ensure Twentymile Mine reclamation 30.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Peabody Energy has solved at least one of its problems. The biggest mining company in the United States, which declared bankruptcy April 13, has posted bonds to ensure its Twentymile Mine in Routt County gets reclaimed in the event it were to close. In February, the WildEarth Guardians environmental group threatened to sue Peabody saying it no longer had the finances to clean up its mines in New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. To reclaim its mines, Peabody had historically been allowed to self-bond. That means Peabody could use its own assets to guarantee the money was available to reclaim its mines. Guardians claimed Peabody no longer had the assets to self-bond. Guardians filed a complaint with the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. That prompted the federal agency to forward the complaint to the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety in the form of a 10-day notice. On April 11, the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety informed the federal regulators ...
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Debate: Protecting public lands ... 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
— Noel’s conspiracy theory is insulting — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Debates over public policy, especially matters as important as how to manage millions of acres of federal land in Utah, ought to pivot on the strength of each competing position. A good idea is a good idea, and a bad one is a stinker, no matter who thought it up or where their money comes from. “Thus it would be wrong to distract from such important questions by contending that, oh, say, Utah state Rep. Mike Noel is leading t... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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D.C. Circuit rules against Amtrak - again! 29.4.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
D.C. Circuit rules against Amtrak - again!
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Venezuela’s Energy Crisis Is Proof Renewables Aren’t Enough for the US 29.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
Venezuela’s Energy Crisis Is Proof Renewables Aren’t Enough for the US
Scaling up America's reliance on renewable energy poses problems. What do you do when the sun isn't shining, the wind isn't blowing, or the water dries up? The post Venezuela's Energy Crisis Is Proof Renewables Aren't Enough for the US appeared first on WIRED.
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Missing Didcot worker's family vow to fight further demolition 29.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Relatives fear controlled explosion will throw more rubble on to power station wreckage where three bodies are trapped

The family of a worker whose body remains trapped under the wreckage of Didcot A power station have criticised a plan to use explosives to demolish the rest of the building.

“We want the men back in one piece, not many pieces,” said Steve Hall, the son-in-law of Ken Cresswell, after RWE npower announced plans for the controlled demolition of the parts of the coal-fired plant that remain standing.

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How New England Students Are Taking Fossil Fuel Divestment a Step Further 29.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As student organizers, we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students. But making changes on campus is not enough; we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our campaigns. Wesleyan students at a recent teach-in. (Photo: WNV / Kati Young) In the past few weeks students across the country have been demanding that their schools stop profiting from oil, coal and gas companies. As student organizers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, we believe that we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students around issues of climate change. But making changes on campus is not enough; we know that we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our largely symbolic campaigns. The fight in our own backyard is Spectra Energy's project to expand its "Algonquin" pipeline , which carries fracked gas from Appalachia to Boston. Spectra is constructing about 35 new miles of piping and expanding the ...
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Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver? 29.4.2016 Truthout.com
The Paris Agreement A historic event took place on Earth Day 2016. It was a decisive moment for the planet. On Friday, April 22, around 60 heads of state gathered at the United Nations in New York for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. About 175 governments took the first step of signing onto the deal, and according to the White House at least 34 countries representing 49 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have formally ratified the Paris Agreement. It was "the largest ever single-day turnout for a signing ceremony," indicating "strong international commitment to deliver on the promises." I was at COP21 in Paris when negotiators finally agreed the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding global climate deal. The agreement is the culmination of 21 years of international negotiation and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process: a massive global political mobilization in response to the looming threat of catastrophic climate change. It scales up ambition from the ...
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America’s Most Notorious Coal Baron Is Going to Prison. But He Still Haunts West Virginia Politics 29.4.2016 Mother Jones
As CEO of Massey Energy, central Appalachia's largest coal producer, Don Blankenship towered over West Virginia politics for more than a decade by spending millions to bolster Republican candidates and causes. That chapter came to an end in April, when Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to commit mine safety violations in the period leading up to the deadly 2010 explosion at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine. But even in absentia, he casts a long shadow over state politics. For evidence, look no further than the contentious Democratic primary for governor. The campaign pits Jim Justice, a billionaire coal operator and high school basketball coach, against two opponents—state senator minority leader Jeff Kessler, and Booth Goodwin, the former US attorney who prosecuted Blankenship. Justice holds a double-digit lead in the polls and (not unlike another billionaire running for office this year) is spending much of his time arguing that his 10-figure net worth will insulate him from ...
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Friends turn foes for justice's re-election in West Virginia 28.4.2016 AP Politics
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- In 2004, former coal baron Don Blankenship spent $3.5 million to help get a West Virginia Supreme Court candidate elected in a wild race that inspired a John Grisham novel....
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Friends turn foes for justice’s re-election in West Virginia 28.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ex-coal baron Don Blankenship spent $3.5 million in 2004 to elect West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin in a race that inspired a John Grisham novel. Blankenship’s company, Massey Energy, had a $50 million case before the court. Benjamin won the election and joined two other justices ruling in Blankenship’s […]
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Great Barrier Reef: Greens call for new tax on mining to pay for damage 28.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Greens leader Richard di Natale says Australia needs to plan for a future without coal, not a future without the reef

The Greens want coal companies to start paying “for the damage they are doing” to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a new plan to tax miners heavily and use the money to revitalise the reef and to invest in clean energy projects and jobs.

Related: Great Barrier Reef: aerial survey reveals extent of coral bleaching

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Federal regulators put brakes on Ohio energy deals 28.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two closely watched energy deals in Ohio allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers cannot take effect until federal regulators approve them. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that the power purchase agreements filed separately by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power are not […]
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Prosecutors: Ex-coal chief should be in prison during appeal 27.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors are urging a federal appeals court not to allow former coal company executive Don Blankenship to remain free while the court considers an appeal. The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1Uh7VX4 ) reports that government lawyers say allowing the ex-Massey Energy CEO to continue his $1 million bail would be contrary to federal […]
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Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $555m 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Opposition maintains ambition targets but aims to minimise cost to households and defers details until after election

Labor is proposing two emissions trading schemes – one for big industrial polluters and an electricity industry model similar to one once backed by Malcolm Turnbull – in a climate policy that trumps the Coalition’s ambition but minimises the hit on household power bills and leaves important detail to be determined post-election.

Related: Climate change plan: thinktank suggests policy both sides of politics can embrace

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