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The Nuclear Omnicide

We’ve always been worried about the safety of humans, but new evidence shows that nuclear disasters, from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, have put the whole global ecosystem at risk.

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5 Signs Solar Power Is Taking Over the World

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.

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More Solar Workers in U.S. Than Coal Miners, and Solar Doesn’t Poison Drinking Water

By the end of 2013, the number of workers in the solar energy industry in the U.S. had grown to 143,000.

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West Virginia Toxic Disaster Requires More Than Silence

More than a week since the chemical spill in Charleston, the state capital, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people, there has been little solid information about the danger to human health—and little outrage from officials in Washington, who seem to expect West Virginians to take the whole thing in stride.

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China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports

Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

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McKibben on Obama, Environment: The Cynics ‘Were Right’

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben slaps the administration for taking on easy battles, sidestepping the tough ones and trying to claim environmental progress. Meanwhile, the earth continues to heat up as Obama pursues oil- and coal-based energy policies, and then brags about them.

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An Even Quicker Death for the Great Barrier Reef?

As if climate change weren’t destroying the natural wonder quickly enough, the Australian government’s approval for construction of one of the world’s largest coal ports will involve dumping 3 million cubic meters of earth drudged from the ocean floor into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

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Climate Denial Cancer

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Coal Terminal Averted in Washington State?

Four progressives won seats this month on the council in Whatcom County, where coal interests have ambitions to put a $600 million international terminal whose exports would add 86.7 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere.

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Johns Hopkins Suspends Black Lung Program Over ‘National Disgrace’

A series of investigative journalism reports uncovers evidence of a medical system corrupted by the power of a single doctor, whose apparently willful misdiagnoses have denied disability benefits to hundreds of ailing coal miners over more than a dozen years.

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Bank Curbs Won’t Slow Coal’s Comeback

World coal use is growing and set to grow much more, despite the announcement by several large banks of more stringent conditions on lending to coal-burning power plants.

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Coal Triggers Carbon Level Rise

Scientists say increased coal-burning, especially in developing countries, is largely responsible for a sharp increase in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.

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A Power to Act on Warming

The test of President Obama’s seriousness about addressing climate change is not his pending decision on the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. It’s whether he effectively consigns coal-fired power plants—one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions—to the ashcan of history.

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Mexico’s Coal Mining Drug Lords

Coal mining in Mexico’s Coahuila state, which borders Texas, is turning out to be more profitable for the country’s Zetas gang than trafficking in illicit drugs, and some of its product finds its way into the Mexican national electricity supply.

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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

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Jesse Johnson: Would Be Governor for the Mountains

The West Virginia Broadcasters Association has excluded West Virginia Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson—the only candidate said to represent working people, women and the environment—from its statewide-televised debate Tuesday.

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Court Overturns Coal Pollution Ruling

A U.S. appeals court Tuesday overturned an Obama administration rule aimed at decreasing harmful pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said the reductions would have resulted in health benefits for more than 240 million people.

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Santa’s Clean Coal Initiative

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Robert Kennedy Jr.’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Moment

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. beamed from the big screen this weekend, featured prominently in documentary filmmaker Bill Haney’s latest film, “The Last Mountain,” which opened Friday to positive reviews in New York and Washington, D.C.

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Attack of the GOP Budget Rider Leeches

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Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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21 Die in Colombia Mine Explosion

A blast at a coal mine in Colombia has killed 21 workers, less than four years after an explosion took the lives of 30 at the same La Preciosa mine in the northeast of the country.

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Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.

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World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

The Passionless Party

You know the Democrats have a problem when party insiders think John Kerry is too intense.

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Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

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Clean Coal, ‘Dirty Business’

A new documentary investigates the “true social and environmental costs of coal power” and debunks the myth of clean coal. America and China both use much of the world’s energy and have much of its coal. This fight is only going to heat up. Check out extensive clips after the jump.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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China Seizes Lead in Alternative Energy

The Chinese have leapt past Western competitors in the race for alternative energy, becoming the world’s largest makers of wind turbines and solar panels. And they’re not done yet.

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AP / Oded Balilty

Refuse Allegiance to Coal

There are some 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States, and it is up to us to shut them down. No one in the White House will do it. No one in Congress will do it. And no one at the coming U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen will do it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Clean Coal or Dry Hole?

Obama should be applauded for taking climate change seriously, but one of his administration’s centerpiece initiatives may be digging a very expensive dry hole—literally.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


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China Gets the (Sooty) Gold in Power Emissions

China’s unceasing economic growth has always worried environmentalists, and a new report by the Center for Global Development may put those concerns on a new level. After increasing power-plant emissions by a third this year, China’s coal-based power sector is poised to be the most polluting in the world ... even worse than that of the United States.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008 READ MORE


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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

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CNN’s Cave Tick

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Detroit’s Answer to the Prius

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