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Under pressure, Castilla y León government ends mountaintop removal in northwestern Spain

By Amaranta Herrero / eJolt On the 14th of February, the regional government of Castilla y León cancelled the plan for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (MRT) in Laciana Valley (Spain). During the last twenty years, irreversible changes have been taking place in the Southwestern Cantabrian Mountains, in an area of ​​great ecological value, which is […]

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Coal-processing chemicals spill into West Virginia river, polluting drinking water for 200,000 people

By Ashley Southall and Timothy Williams / New York Times Nearly 200,000 people in Charleston, W.Va., and nine surrounding counties were without drinking water on Friday after a chemical spill contaminated supplies, the West Virginia governor’s office said. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said early Friday in a statement that the federal government had approved a […]

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Ben Pennings: THIS is how you Send a Message to Big Coal!

By Ben Pennings / Over Our Dead Bodies Big Coal? We’re talking the biggest. The Galilee Basin is the biggest proposed coal complex in the world. The numbers are staggering, frightening; well past the point of insanity. The great news is that the nine mines planned are very marginal economically. The ‘quality’ of coal is […]

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CEO confronts green activists during stunt at his mansion

By Generation Alpha Environmental activist group Generation Alpha has released a video of their confrontation with Aurizon CEO Lance Hockridge. The group’s Over Our Dead Bodies campaign has started targeting Aurizon over their crucial financial and infrastructure role in mining the Galilee Basin in Australia. The coal mining complex planned for the Galilee Basin is […]

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Activists start public Hunger Strike by stealing ‘Carbon Bomb’

By Sarah Moles / Generation Alpha Seven environmental activists today stole a ‘Carbon Bomb’ from the offices of transport company Aurizon (link in Brisbane, Australia. The action signified the launch of their shop front hunger strike, pressuring Aurizon to withdraw planned capital from the largest coal complex in the world, planned for the Galilee […]

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International Energy Agency: Planet on track for 3.6 to 5.3C warming

By Associated Press The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday. In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the Paris-based IEA said top carbon polluter China had […]

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Residents shut down Alpha headquarters with support from Mountain Justice

By Mountain Justice Three residents of Central Appalachia and supporters with Mountain Justice chained themselves to an industrial tank of black water in front of Alpha Natural Resources’ Bristol, Va., headquarters to protest Alpha’s mountaintop removal strip mining and coal slurry operations across the region. “I’m risking arrest today because mountaintop removal has to end […]

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Cherine Akkari: Mercury a growing global concern

By Cherine Akkari / Deep Green Resistance Mercury is an element which is naturally present in our environment. It is also known as quicksilver. It is a heavy, silvery-white metal which is liquid at room temperature and evaporates easily. Mercury is usually found in nature in the form of cinnabar, used in the past as […]

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Study finds air pollution in China kills 1.2 million people each year

By Edward Wong / The New York Times Outdoor air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, nearly 40 percent of the global total, according to a new summary of data from a scientific study on leading causes of death worldwide. Figured another way, the researchers said, China’s toll from pollution […]

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Coal set to rival oil as world’s primary energy source by 2017

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian Coal is likely to rival oil as the world’s biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world’s leading authority on energy economics. One of the biggest factors behind the rise in coal use has been the massive […]

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