Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Aug 15, 2016

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Deep in the coal heartlands of northern Shanxi province, people in the village of Helin are fighting a losing battle as the ground beneath them crumbles. They are patching up cracks, rebuilding walls and filling in sinkholes caused by decades of coal mining. Around ...

Jan 16, 2016

Obama halts new coal leases on federal land

The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves ...

Jan 14, 2016

Global mercury emissions down 30% as less coal is burned

Global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday. The greatest decline of the toxic pollutant was in Europe and North America, offsetting increases in Asia, ...