User: irge304 Topic: Energy Extraction
Category: Coal Mining
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Climate Change Authority emissions reduction targets 'too weak', says Milne 27.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Greens leader Christine Milne says Australia should target 40%-50% of 2000 levels by 2025, 60%-80% by 2030, and reach ‘net-zero pollution’ by 2040

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US veterans describe ordeal as Japan's POWs, fear World War II history will be forgotten 25.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans 25.4.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lester Tenney endured three hellish years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but with the passing of decades and repeated visits, he's made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress next week, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles the U.S. military veteran about Japan's attitude toward its past....
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Ukraine coal workers hold pickets in capital in protest at foreign purchases, mine closures 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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21 miners confirmed dead after water floods northern China coal mine 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Government attempts to muzzle Greenpeace India are 'illegitimate' and 'repressive' - open letter 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Indian government’s decision to freeze the NGO’s bank accounts has prompted an open letter of solidarity from civil society, addressed to the minister of home affairs

Dear minister,

The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant violation of the constitutional rights to freedom of expression and association. It also seems to be an attempt to warn civil society that dissent regarding development policies and priorities will not be tolerated, even when these are proving to be ecologically unsustainable and socially unjust. These are dangerous signs for the future of democracy in India.

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19 dead in a coal mine accident in China 22.4.2015 Hindu: News
At least 19 miners have died and two are still missing in a cold mine accident this week in north China’s Shanxi Province, state media reported on Wednesday. A total of 247 people were work...
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Wales may keep fossil fuels in the ground, but will India and China? 22.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Would there be more rules about coal mining if it didn’t just affect ‘hillbillies'? | Jeff Biggers 21.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Dust produced by mountaintop removal mining sites are a known cancer risk, but little has been done to protect inhabitants of Appalachia For many in central Appalachia, the fight against reckless strip mining operations recalls a popular t-shirt in West Virginia: “Save the Endangered Hillbilly.” It’s not really a joke; decades of contempt and disregard for rural mountaineers underscore an existence no less threatened than local wildlife. Appalachia has become a code word for our nation’s sacrifice zones. “Coal mining has been destroying human and wildlife communities in Appalachia for more than 100 years”, according to Tierra Curry, a southeastern Kentucky native and a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. The Center’s lawsuit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012 resulted in a recent proposal to list two species of fish impacted by mining under the Endangered Species ...
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7 dead, 17 trapped in flooded northern China coal mine 21.4.2015 Hindu: News
Seven coal miners have died and 17 are trapped after a shaft flooded at a mine in northern China. State radio said on its website that more than 600 rescue workers were pumping water on Tue...
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7 coal miners dead, 13 trapped after shaft floods at a mine in northern China 21.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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House kills bill to defend Colstrip mine 18.4.2015 AP Washington
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- State representatives have turned away a bill to impose hefty fines on companies that close coal plants in Montana....
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Patriot Coal Seeks Help From Restructuring Advisers 18.4.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Patriot Coal Corp., which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than two years ago, is working with restructuring advisers to address its capital structure.
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Cheap coal is a lie – stand up to the industry’s cynical fightback | Al Gore 16.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations. In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the reality that the days of coal as a source of energy are numbered. In a world where carbon emissions will increasingly have to be constrained, coal, as the dirtiest of the fossil fuels, is the energy asset most vulnerable to becoming “stranded” – the most vulnerable, in other words, to seeing its market value collapse well ahead of its previously anticipated useful life. This new economic and political reality is already being shaped by the fast-growing global support for the enforcement of a global “ carbon budget ”. This idea, first proposed six years ago and formally endorsed by the International Energy Agency in 2011, has been gaining traction because of the ever-stronger scientific consensus that carbon emissions from human activity is the principal driver of destructive climate change. The spewing ...
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The waste land breeding crabs 16.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
Dawdon, Durham: The sea floor had once been smothered in silt, the water so turbid no marine life could be seen Continue reading...
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Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test 15.4.2015 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states....
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Obama administration's climate change plan faces high-profile legal test at appeals court 15.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back 14.4.2015 Mother Jones
Coal, the number-one cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number. Even China, which produces and consumes more coal than the rest of the world put together, is expected to hit peak coal use within a decade, in order to meet its promise to President Barack Obama to reduce its carbon emissions starting in 2030. According to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this is all the fault of President Barack Obama's "war on coal"—specifically the administration's new limits for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which probably will force many power companies to burn less coal. If there is a war, McConnell has long been the field marshal of the defending army. His latest maneuver came last month when he called on state lawmakers to simply ignore the administration's ...
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Future of coal is seen as key to whether the planet can withstand catastrophic climate change 13.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Trial begins against 45 accused of causing 301 deaths in Turkey's worst mine disaster 13.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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