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Will Chinas great fracking leap help it wean off coal? 18.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Fracking technology has crossed over from the fields of Pennsylvania and Texas to the mountains of Sichuan, but so have risks and consequences, reports MotherJones

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Deep Inside the Wild World of China's Fracking Boom 18.9.2014 Mother Jones
IX. Unfit for Drinking The guests at the compound that week were gearing up for another great leap: a push to export the United States' fracking boom to China's vast shale fields—and beyond. Attendees slid into black leather chairs behind glossy rosewood tables, facing a stage flanked by large projector screens. Chinese businessmen wore high-waist slacks with belts clasped over their bellies. I watched as one thumbed through business cards bearing the logos of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton. Behind closed doors, a select group of Chinese and American officials and executives held a "senior VIP meeting." Outside, a troop of People's Liberation Army guards marched in tight formation. The US-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum , sponsored by the US departments of Commerce and Energy, as well as China's National Energy Administration, has convened for the last 13 years. But the focus turned to shale gas in 2009, when President Obama and then-President Hu Jintao announced an agreement to ...
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China clamps down on dirtiest coal to curb pollution 17.9.2014 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
The largest consumer of coal in the world has announced radical restrictions on coal imports and its domestic transport and ...
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Chinas ban on dirty coal could cost Australian mining almost $1.5bn 17.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Australia exports about 50m tonnes of thermal coal each year to China and the ban is expected to reduce exports by 40%

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Meet the Biggest Polluter in China's Most Polluted City 17.9.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Jizhong Energy, the biggest polluter in China's dirtiest city, is trying to clean itself up, highlighting the balancing act under way as regional governments and businesses try to tackle pollution without wrecking local economies.
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One dead in central Utah coal mine accident 16.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
One worker died early Tuesday in a coal mining accident in central Utah. Gary Broadbent, spokesman for mine operator UtahAmerican Energy Inc., identified the victim as Alejandro Ramirez, 46, of Price. Ramirez worked for the company for six years, Broadbent said. A Carbon County sheriff’s dispatcher said the 911 call reporting the incident arrived at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday from the West Ridge Mine near the community of East Carbon. That’s about 20 miles east of Price. Ramirez was pronounced dead at ...
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Mining union in £4m loan to Hatfield Colliery 16.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
South Yorkshire pit had faced closure without urgent funds from NUM to start mining a new coalface in the next few weeks

The National Union of Mineworkers has stepped in to save the UK's last viable deep pit coal mine by investing £4m in the employee-owned Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster.

The South Yorkshire mine, which played a prominent role in the 1984 miners' strike and the 1996 film Brassed Off, faced closure unless it could secure funds to start mining a new coalface in the next few weeks.

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Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94 14.9.2014 CNN-IBN: World
Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94.
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Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94 14.9.2014 Hindu: Home
Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94.Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the U.S. and one of biggest...
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Race to protect Australia's rock art: 'I dont know if we need to do an ice bucket challenge or what' 13.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Half the countrys rock paintings some dating back 30,000 years could disappear within 50 years, experts warn. Oliver Milman meets the Indigenous rangers and researchers working to protect delicate sandstone from the triple threat of mining, graffiti and feral animals

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What Billionaires Know About Politics 12.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country's anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt's appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, "The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country." To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, "These men don't suffer. Why hell, half of them don't even speak English." We might call that adopting the imperial position. Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs. They liked to play God. It's a habit that's returned with a vengeance in our own time. The Koch brothers ...
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Moffat County grills EPA about Clean Power Plan Wednesday 11.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Hundreds gathered at Moffat County High School Wednesday night to hear the Environmental Protection Agency talk about its proposed carbon emission plans for coal-fired power plants that are coming down the pike from the Obama administration in the next year. EPA Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath and other EPA staff visited Craig to discuss the Clean Power Plan and how the EPA is dissecting hundreds of thousands of comments on the issue before recommendations are made to the federal government on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Moffat County residents, coal and power plant employees and government officials quizzed the EPA on the plan, highlighting the fears of what strict federal regulation might do to the local economy. Concerned officials from Denver, Routt County and Grand Junction — to name a few — also attended. Public comments concerning the Clean Power Plan must be submitted to the EPA by Oct. 16 , and it will then finalize its ruling by March of next year. The proposed EPA plan is to ...
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Moffat County quizzes EPA about Clean Power Plan Wednesday 11.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Hundreds gathered at Moffat County High School Wednesday night to hear the Environmental Protection Agency talk about its proposed carbon emission plans for coal-fired power plants that are coming down the pike from the Obama administration in the next year. EPA Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath and other EPA staff visited Craig to discuss the Clean Power Plan and how the EPA is dissecting hundreds of thousands of comments on the issue before recommendations are made to the federal government on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Moffat County residents, coal and power plant employees and government officials quizzed the EPA on the plan, highlighting the fears of what strict federal regulation might do to the local economy. Concerned officials from Denver, Routt County and Grand Junction — to name a few — also attended. Public comments concerning the Clean Power Plan must be submitted to the EPA by Oct. 16 , and it will then finalize its ruling by March of next year. The proposed EPA plan is to ...
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Rally to protest 'green attack' on Abbot Point over Great Barrier Reef concerns 11.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Local business owners and politicians say the development of the port and associated coalmines can save north Queensland

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Lusatias return to nature 10.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

A landscape wounded by lignite mining is being transformed into Germanys lake district

Down a single lane road lined by oak trees, about 90 minutes southeast of Berlin, the tiny village of Pritzen sits on a peninsula that juts into Lake Altdöbern. Its something of a miracle that Pritzen still exists.

Neighboring villages were demolished in the 1980s to make room for an expanding lignite strip mine and Pritzen was slated to be swallowed up next. By 1987 almost all of the 500 or so residents had packed up and left, chased away by the suffocating dust and noise from the mine and the threat of the imminent destruction of their homes.

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The government can reduce emissions without reinstating a carbon tax this is how | Alex Turnbull 9.9.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
With the energy sector at deadlock, is there anything that the Abbott government can do to reduce emissions without reinstating a carbon tax? The answer is yes The renewable energet target (RET) review has concluded with largely expected results. After hand picking a review panel led by a noted climate change skeptic, the review has recommended scrapping or substantially scaling back the RET. The panels findings are neither surprising nor consequential: without the support of the Labour party or the Palmer United party, major changes to the RET are likely to be very challenging to implement. Stepping back from the RET, it is remarkable that Australian climate and energy policy has made no forward progress. After repealing a carbon tax that appeared to perform exactly as price theory 101 would suggest carbon emissions down, revenues up the Liberal party has tied itself in knots devolving the previously dry field of environmental economics and externality pricing into a kind of internal cultural identity ...
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Bodies of 5 Bosnian miners recovered, buried after earthquake caused mine to collapse 8.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Barrier Reef dredging: Queensland approves plan to dump spoil on land 8.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

The state government has asked the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, to fast-track approval for the plan

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BHP Billiton Must Show Mining and Oil Mix After Split 8.9.2014 Wall St. Journal: Europe
BHP Billiton is splitting to create a simpler, more efficient business. But does the Anglo-Australian miner's remaining portfolio really make sense?
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Dirtiest U.S. coal becoming popular on EPA rules 8.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Illinois has the second-biggest coal reserves in the nation, and its share of U.S. production is growing.
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