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Rhino horse, a 'missing link,' could solve 55-million-year-old mystery 21.11.2014 LA Times: Science
A portly hoofed animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift.
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29 Coal Miners Died in a 2010 Explosion. Congress Still Hasn't Fixed the Problem. 21.11.2014 Mother Jones
Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for allegedly conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the run-up to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine. The four-count indictment describes a culture of negligence under Blankenship's watch, in which essential safety measures were ignored as the company sought to squeeze every last cent out of the ground. Blankenship, who left Massey in 2010, pleaded not guilty Thursday. But the indictment also came as a sobering reminder: In the four years since the disaster, little has been done to make the mining industry safer. Legislation designed to rein in the worst offenders and give regulators teeth was beaten back by big business. Meanwhile, tens of millions of dollars in safety fines have gone uncollected. "We've taken some actions after the various accidents that have taken place, but unfortunately, Congress can apparently only legislate in this area after someone dies," said Rep. ...
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Queensland's future is more than a celebrity face-off between Palmer and Newman | Drew Hutton 21.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Questionable mining approvals and big donations – that’s ‘Queensland Incorporated’. The Palmer inquiry is our best chance for transparency The Clive Palmer-inspired inquiry into the activities and finances of the Queensland government is far more than a celebrity face-off between a coal baron turned parliamentarian and premier Campbell Newman. It’s the best chance we’ve had in years to shine a light into the dark chambers of “Queensland Incorporated”: the donations, questionable mine approvals and the revolving door of senior staff job-shifting between government and the mining ...
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New 'Hunger Games' sequel hits a minor key in third outing 20.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
REVIEW: After its first two terrific installments, the newest edition of “The Hunger Games” -- opening tonight in theaters -- is an extra-desolate chapter in the ongoing story, more a setup for 2015’s real finale than a complete chapter on its own.
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Delinquent Mine Fines: 'Clearly Troubling ... More Can Be Done' 20.11.2014 NPR News
"We have tools in place to crack down on these scofflaws, but what's missing is a stronger commitment," says John Kline, a key House Republican.
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Carmichael mine: environmental impact will be unknown for years 18.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Government backdown means Indian owners won’t be required to replace razed critically endangered habitat until two years into the project

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Adani signs credit line with SBI for Australian mine 17.11.2014 New Kerala: World News
Melbourne, Nov 17 : Adani Mining, the Australian subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, and the State Bank of India (SBI) Monday signed an MoU for a $1 billion credit line for a coal mine project in Queensland.
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Australian state clears Adani's $7-bn coal mine project 17.11.2014 New Kerala: World News
Brisbane, Nov 17 : The Adani group's proposed $7-billion coal mine in the Australian state of Queensland was cleared by the state government Monday.
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Adani, GVK may get clearance for mega-mines after Modi's meeting in Australia 17.11.2014 CNN-IBN Top Stories
Modi during his intervention at the G20 summit had pushed for energy efficiency.
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Live: Modi@G20 — PM to unveil Gandhi statue in Brisbane 16.11.2014 Hindu: Home
Hectic day ahead for Modi at Brisbane IANS reports: After going through a series of closed door meetings and summit sessions on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a...
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Power plants worry about winter coal supplies 16.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
After months of rail service problems, some utilities and elected officials say BNSF Railway needs to prove it has a plan to rebuild coal stockpiles.
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Billionaire Spent Millions In Charity, But Avoided Mine Fines 16.11.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
Jim Justice, a West Virginia philanthropist and mine owner, gave away and invested more than $200 million while his mines failed to pay $2 million in delinquent mine safety penalties.
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Mine explosion indictment brings some solace to workers' families 15.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Bloomberg briefing,Nov. 15 15.11.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
The university bought shares of Rex Energy — active in the fracking boom of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale — and two Argentine companies, YPF and Petrobras Argentina, and sold its stake in Exxon Mobil. Comcast could walk away if they feel the regulatory scrutiny is so high that it would outweigh the benefits of long-term synergies. About 57,400 Time Warner Cable puts — more than 21 times the average — were traded the day after President Obama said he supports utility-style regulation of Internet service providers. Agilent Technologies reports earnings on Monday, and analysts predict that net income will fall 9 percent to $190 million. The company said last month that it would shut down its nuclear magnetic resonance unit, cutting 300 jobs, and last week it spun off the Keysight Technologies unit as an independent company.
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Stanford endowment adds fracking investments 15.11.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Stanford University’s endowment invested in three oil and gas companies in the third quarter, a few months after saying it would end direct investing in publicly traded coal-mining ventures. The endowment, valued at $18.7 billion as of June, bought shares of Rex Energy Corp. with a market value of $15.5 million at the end of the quarter, according to a regulatory filing this week. “This doesn’t run counter to Stanford’s commitment because they made it clear they would divest from coal and tar sands, but it certainly isn’t in the spirit of the commitment they made,” said Jamie Henn, communications director for 350.org, a group seeking to get campuses across the country to divest from fossil fuels. Rex Energy, an oil and natural gas company in State College, Pa., has been involved in fracking of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in the Northeast. The trustees’ May statement also indicated that they hoped other fuel sources would emerge in the future so that Stanford could divest from oil and ...
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"I Could Krushchev You": 9 Shocking Allegations From the Don Blankenship Indictment 15.11.2014 Mother Jones
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday, more than four years after an explosion at his company's Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 coal miners. The four-count indictment alleges that Blankenship "conspired to commit and cause routine violations of mandatory federal mine safety standards" in order to "produce more coal, avoid the costs of following safety laws, and make more money." (Blankenship was also indicted for allegedly making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission.) Blankenship, characteristically, is not backing down. In a statement, his attorney, William Taylor, said that "Mr. Blankenship is entirely innocent of these charges. He will fight them and he will be acquitted." Taylor called Blankenship "a tireless advocate for mine safety" and argued the prosecution had been triggered by Blankenship's "outspoken criticism of powerful bureaucrats." But the 43-page indictment tells a different story—in which Massey employees devised ...
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3 miners killed by powerful tremor in Czech Republic mine 14.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
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A timeline of events in Upper Big Branch disaster 14.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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G20: Reality bites for coal and climate change 13.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Climate change almost forgotten in the cocoon of a coal sponsored energy forum in Brisbane

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Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines 13.11.2014 NPR News
An NPR investigation found thousands of American mine owners fail to pay penalties for safety violations, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — operations.
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