Depleted Turkish coal mine transforms into prize-winning olive groves

Green Prophet

As olive groves across Turkey are falling victim to energy projects, one construction company decided to buck the trend, turning a coal mine into an award-winning olive plantation. Under his supervision, the company began work on the barren mine.

The Reality of Coal Mining Jobs

Sightline Daily

Think about coal miners and you probably envision old Americana images: soot-blackened union guys with picks slung over their shoulders. But the truth is, modern-day coal mining is highly mechanized and it employs relatively few workers, many of them non-union.

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Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway that's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

Sierra Club Compass

to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. The project is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and coal mining companies, including Alpha Natural Resources. Coal Coal-Director Health

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Sierra Club Compass

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action – and taking leadership – to rein in coal pollution and move America to clean energy. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health Safe and Healthy Communities

Ison Rock in Virginia Saved from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, For Now

Sierra Club Compass

Mountain lovers everywhere high-fived today when the news came down that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has denied a surface mine permit for the Ison Rock Ridge mine in southwest Virginia. Good work is happening against mountaintop removal coal mining!

When it comes to easily measured economic outcomes, President Trump 'has had a reasonably good year.but.'

Environmental Economics

Jobs in the manufacturing and coal mining industries ticked up, the trade deficit shrank a bit, and the number of murders in some big cities decreased. FiveThirtyEight's assessment of President Trump's first year: The upshot? Few dramatic changes in either direction. The uninsurance rate got worse — the only change in the opposite direction of Trump’s goal. The biggest movement in the direction Trump hoped to see was the increase in oil and natural gas production.

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"A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change"

Environmental Economics

Until that day in April, Mr. Clarke, 61, had never been in a coal mine. Patriot sold not only the troubled Federal mine to Mr. Clarke, but also several other mines that were no longer in operation, including a sprawling surface mine carved from the top of a mountain in southern West Virginia. Mr. Clarke’s new company agreed to clean up the shuttered mines and reclaim the land that had been ravaged. But the mine has struggled from low coal prices.

Bullets Can’t Stop India’s Coal-Fighting Heroes

Sierra Club Compass

Indian economic development is at a critical juncture. From slowing economic growth to the depreciating rupee to widespread disgust with rampant corruption, India’s “anything goes” model has failed to provide a realistic, prosperous future for its people. Coal India International

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The World’s Largest Coal Company Just Filed for Bankruptcy

Mother Jones

These are truly dark days for coal. The year started off badly for the industry when Arch Coal, the second-biggest coal producer in the United States, filed for bankruptcy. On Wednesday, the slow and steady die-off of coal claimed its biggest victim.

My guess is that enterprise zones are the greatest idea

Environmental Economics

I've spent 35 years reading newspaper articles with ideas about helping coal mining regions (and I even had the romantic notion about that being my destiny out of grad school). But many Americans say they have seen little benefit from the recovery and complain that the economic deck is stacked against them.   You would think that a guy with "Appalachian" in his affiliation (and lots of friends from coal) would have a better answer

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Marginal Revolution: jobs are costs in benefit-cost analysis

Environmental Economics

  Anyway, I quickly came upon this and related passages (p.45, passim): In summary, the Final Rule is expected to reduce employment by 124 jobs on average each year due to decreased coal mined while an additional 280 jobs will be created from increased compliance activity on average each year.   This approach is completely wrong, and if it were right Appalachia would love a lot of this coal regulation for its job-creating proclivities, but of course the region doesn’t.

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Shark Attack! Coal threatens sharks in the Great Barrier Reef

Sierra Club Compass

Fossil fuel corporations and parts of the Australian government are pushing plans to start massive coal mining in the country’s interior, and then dredge within the Reef to build new terminals for export. Coal International Photo Credit: Jon Connell.

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An example of why environmental valuation is needed

Environmental Economics

The headline says "mountaintop removal for coal hurts water quality and harms fish." A  new government study  traces the decline in abundance to  mountaintop removal , the controversial coal mining practice of clear cutting trees from mountains before blowing off their tops with explosives. The people opposed to the coal industry are trying to pile on with more studies,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “It

China Slashes Coal Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the Second Year in a Row

Mother Jones

Figures published Sunday night by China's National Bureau of Statistics showed coal consumption dropping 3.7 percent in 2015, marking the second year in a row that the country has slashed coal use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Wendell Berry and Bill Moyers to Talk Coal, Climate This Week on PBS

Sierra Club Compass

Among many other topics, these two giants of American culture will discuss issues very close to my heart: coal, climate change, and the future of Appalachia and the planet.   Berry described mountaintop removal this way, in a 2005 essay : "Coal is undoubtedly something of value.

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No Greenlight for Expansion of IFC-Funded Tata Mundra Coal Plant

Sierra Club Compass

India’s king coal is well on its way to being dethroned. First, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) refused to finance an expansion of the dirty, destructive Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant back in May. Coal India International

Marquee Investor Backs Away From Coal Exports in the Northwest

Sierra Club Compass

One of the largest investment banks in the world has backed away from the Cherry Point coal export proposal in Washington. This is the latest in a series of setbacks for the proposal, which aims to export 50 million tons of Western coal to Asia every year. Coal Coal-Director Health

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Wyoming Coal Lease Sale Attracts Zero Bidders

Sierra Club Compass

On August 21, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lease sale in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for 149 million tons of publicly-owned coal failed to attract a single bid. " The Powder River Basin, which straddles the Wyoming-Montana border, is the largest coal mining region in the United States.

2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

Sierra Club Compass

Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent.

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Turkey Wins “Fossil of the Day” Award At Doha Climate Change Negotiations

Green Prophet

With the world’s fourth largest number of planned coal-fired power plants, according to a recent World Resource Institute report , Turkey is flouting international concern about climate change. What’s more, its Energy Ministry announced 2012 as ‘coal year.’

Use it or lose it?

10,000 Birds

Environmental groups are opposed, because it is perceived as a wedge to try and open up the forests to more economic exploitation, and there are concerns about the damage such selective timber recovery might cause. They want to do this because of jobs and to extract economic benefit out of environmental areas. And in some instances they have even opened up conservation land to the worst kind of uses, like coal mining… And yet.

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Low-Carbon Investment Opportunities are Finally Catching Up with Demand

Conservancy Talk

Help communities – particularly the most vulnerable to dislocation and economic disruption – increase their resilience to a changing climate.

Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

Sierra Club Compass

It appears Japan has not learned its lesson from the fight over the Batang coal plant in Central Java, Indonesia. climate chief Christiana Figueres has said that such unabated coal projects have "no room in the future energy system.” Coal International

Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Trishna Dutta

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s potentially a lot of roads, dams, mines, railroad tracks and power plants. “It The idea is to find areas that are critical to wildlife but also have different development scenarios of, if we have a proposed coal mine here, what is going to be the impact on wildlife connectivity?

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Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. Coal Dirty Fuels Energy Solutions Health Politics

Protecting Northwest Communities from Coal Dust Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

Photo from a coal export public hearing. This week, the Sierra Club, several Waterkeepers, and other allies in the Northwest filed legal action that put companies on notice for coal pollution coming off of trains and polluting the region.

Ex-Im Bank Announces Historic Coal Finance Ban

Sierra Club Compass

government support for public financing of new coal plants overseas, executive agencies that make these funding decisions have been working to make good on this commitment. The coal industry’s success has long depended upon its ability to keep these costs off the ledger.

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Who Owns the Forest?

Conservancy Talk

The program is a District-wide, low-carbon development strategy to create sustainable economic growth while protecting forests, safeguarding watersheds and preserving habitat. Children of the village © Nick Hall/TNC. Helping Communities Control their Futures in Indonesia.

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Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

Sierra Club Compass

India’s coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it’s time to diversify away from coal. The fallout of this decision may ultimately be as sweeping as that of “coal gate.”

Coal Exports: Unfair Market Value

Sightline Daily

Coal Train in Residential Neighborhood by Paul K. Anderson (Used with permission) Today, Sightline is releasing a new report on the US Bureau of Land Management’s coal leasing programs: Unfair Market Value: By Ignoring Exports, BLM Underprices Federal Coal.

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Do Coal Investors Really Care About Exports?

Sightline Daily

Giant coal trains near North Antelope Rochelle Mine by Kimon Berlin used under CC BY-SA 2.0 Powder River Basin coal mining firm Cloud Peak saw a stock sell-off today after the company announced that it would be shipping a bit less coal this year than it had expected to.

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The Wall Street Consensus: Coal Exports Are Risky Business

Sightline Daily

As Eric mentions below , Goldman Sachs just sold its interest in the Gateway Pacific coal export project to a Mexican billionaire. Of course, they had plenty of warning: Wall Street analysts have been issuing increasingly dire assessments of coal export prospects for more than a year.

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2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

Sierra Club Compass

Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. Coal India International

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Put Your Money Where Your Future Is: College Students Lead the.

Sierra Club Compass

These UT students are among thousands of young leaders nationwide that have done incredibly impressive clean energy organizing on their campuses in recent years, winning campaigns that call upon administration officials to move beyond coal and showcase their universities as innovators and leaders.

Ghandi, Michelangelo, and God: A Tale of the Environment

Green Prophet

One figure, though, was the canary in the coal mine during that period: Ghandi; who believed India’s salvation lies in reviving the nation’s crafts as opposed to emulating the West. On March 9, Abu Dhabi city has witnessed its most intense rain storm in recent memory.

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Climate After Growth

The Green Changemakers

Executive Summary The nearly ubiquitous belief of our elected officials is that addressing the climate crisis must come second to ensuring economic growth. As a result, high energy prices and economic contraction are likely to continue a back-and-forth dance in the coming years.

The Great Seal Controversy

Eco Friendly Daily

It is an industry in a region with few other economic alternatives. Then there is the question of economic feasibility. Cute furry animals are just the thing needed to create a hot issue – especially when it comes to baby seals with their white pelts and huge liquid eyes.

Ambre’s Shaky Finances: Rebutting the Response

Sightline Daily

Ambre] has 10 year contracts to supply up to 5 million tons of coal per year to two Korean power generating companies, Korea South-East Power and Korea Southern Power. As discussed in our report, Ambre’s FY 2012 financial report states that they have secured “10-year coal supply agreements” with the two Korean power companies. So Ambre may be happy to have found any overseas customer willing to buy its high-sodium coal. Gard Communications, the P.R.

Cost of Coal

Eco Friendly Daily

Coal and more of it. A Times On Line article by Michael Sheridan states China is scrambling to dig more coal mines to fuel it’s booming economy. Most coal plants have moved out of this area, leaving the remaining ones to be shut down temporarily.

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Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

Sierra Club Compass

President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal , making France the latest domino to fall as countries and banks commit to ending support for this deadly fossil fuel, whose pollution kills up to  100,000 people in India  and 250,000 people in China  every year. It appears Japan has not learned its lesson from the fight over the Batang coal plant in Central Java, Indonesia. government institution to the proposed mining project.

Take a time machine through culture to understand climate change

Green Prophet

One figure, though, was the canary in the coal mine during that period: Ghandi; who believed India’s salvation lies in reviving the nation’s crafts as opposed to emulating the West. This past March Abu Dhabi city has witnessed its most intense rain storm in recent memory.

Obama’s Climate Failure

Sightline Daily

For maybe the first time ever, I had something in common with coal company investors: we were wholly unfazed. Coal stocks had dipped a bit in anticipation of the President’s speech, but after it they were steady. In fact, most of the big coal mining firms actually saw nice price bumps in afternoon trading. I’ll admit that the President does deserve a little credit for his decision to let the EPA regulate carbon from coal power.

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Ontario Cares Aboot Coal | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Ontario Cares Aboot Coal. 17, 2013 10:06 AM PST Tweet Ontarios coal-fired Lambton Generating Station is scheduled to close this year. Will Colleges Kick Coal out of Their Stockings? House Passes Extra-Terrible Pro-Coal Bill Before Heading Home Good work, Congress!

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