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Dick Bass dies at 85; Texas oilman was first to scale 'seven summits' 30.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Dick Bass, a poetry-spouting Texas oilman who was the first climber to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents and for a time was the oldest to top Mt. Everest, has died. He was 85.
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Trapper Mine continues to update court 29.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Attorneys for Trapper Mining, Inc. provided an update to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado July 24, stating the mine would provide the court with a map of pending mining activities sometimes this week. Trapper’s mining plan for federal coal was successfully contested by environmental advocacy group WildEarth Guardians, but federal District Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s ruling spared the mine from an immediate reassessment, unlike Colowyo mine. In the case of Trapper, Jackson determined the majority of the federal coal in question had been mined. However, attorneys for Trapper recently filed a corrective disclosure document with the court explaining that they were mistaken and the mine is seeking access to coal affected by Jackson’s ruling. Currently, Trapper, WildEarth Guardians and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement are working to reach a solution as an alternative to returning to litigation. Paul Seby, counsel for Trapper, said the next update will be provided to ...
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Mining industry faces job losses as coal and iron ore prices remain depressed 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Almost 80% of Australian mining leaders are reducing capital expenditure, up from 44% last year, a report has found

The Australian mining industry is bracing for more job losses and mine closures next year as coal and iron ore prices remain depressed.

Almost 80% of mining leaders are reducing capital expenditure, up from 44% last year, a report by Newport Consulting has found.

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Yanzhou Coal Mining to Buy Donghua Heavy Industry From Yankuang Group for CNY676.0 Million 27.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
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Yanzhou Coal Mining to Buy Donghua Heavy Industry From Yankuang Group for CNY676.0 Million 27.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
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Remembering Nagasaki: the man who walked through hell 26.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Seventy years ago, Jan Bras saw the devastation in Nagasaki as a prisoner of war. Now 92, he tells Elizabeth Day about the horror and brutality he endured – and how he lives with it today Jan Bras does not like to hurt any living thing. If he spots a fly crawling across a table he will cup it carefully in his hand and release it out of the window. “I very quickly feel sorry for people or creatures,” he says, sitting on a beige sofa in the drawing room of the central London flat he shares with his wife of more than 57 years. “That’s one of my things.” At 92 he thinks this surfeit of empathy comes from having witnessed appalling violence as a young man. From the formative ages of 18 to 21, Jan Bras was a Japanese prisoner of war. When the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War, he was transported by “hell ship” and cattle wagon to work on the construction of the Burma railway. Later, he was interned in a camp and sent to work in the perilous coal mines at Fukuoka. After ...
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Plans for state-run shooting recreation site underway near Palisade 25.7.2015 Denver Post: Local
The contaminated land around a razed coal-fired power plant along the Colorado River is on track to become a state-run sport-shooting complex that would include a walking rifle course and possibly bike ...
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Why We Need Nuclear Power 24.7.2015 Mother Jones
This story was first published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A group of Stanford and Berkeley scientists has put forth an even bolder vision—encouraging all 50 states to run on wind, water, and solar by 2050, without any nuclear energy or biofuels in the picture. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his intention to go fully renewable with the city government's power, too. A world without any fossil fuel energy would be a much cleaner place for both people and the environment. Right now renewable energy accounts for just 13 percent of all US electricity. A significant increase in that share would lead to a major reduction in air pollution and its attendant diseases, not to mention the costs of climate change-induced flooding or wildfires. The lives, time, and property saved could be put to work tackling other ...
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Steamboat briefs: Tipton speaks about Colowyo on House floor 24.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 22 to continue to pressure U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to take every action necessary to save the 220 jobs at the Colowyo Mine, according to a release from Tipton’s office. Tipton met with Secretary Jewell and Western Colorado leaders in Glenwood Springs last week to discuss the future of the mine.  “Closing the Colowyo Mine would jeopardize 220 direct jobs and millions in economic activity. … I hope the secretary realizes the decisions here in Washington have real lasting impacts on everyday working Americans,” Tipton said to lawmakers. “Communities, such as Craig, have expressed concerns that these proposed regulations will work to the detriment of their local economies by shutting down local power plants, negatively affect Colorado’s mining industry, and needlessly burden Coloradan families and businesses with higher energy costs.” On Wednesday, the House also passed ...
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Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes 24.7.2015 Washington Post
HAZARD, Ky. — Even after years of talk about a “war on coal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell startled some of his constituents in March when he urged open rebellion against a White House proposal for cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants.Read full article ...
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Tri-State's financials attacked by WildEarth Guardians 24.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
In a recent column , John Horning, executive director of WildEarth of Guardians, made allegations about the finances of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association — an energy cooperative the Guardians have become intimately associated with through a federal lawsuit. “Tri-State, the owners of the Colowyo mine, reported a $40 million loss on (Colowyo) in 2014,” Horning stated. A look at Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s, 2014 annual report provides clarification on that figure. In 2014, Tri-State’s coal mining expenses equated to $40,848,900, the third smallest contributor to the Tri-State’s total operational expenses of $1,068,359,000. On the other hand, Tri-State reported roughly $1.4 billion in operational revenues for 2014 — meaning Colowyo was not “in the red,” as Horning wrote in his column. Drew Kramer, public affairs manager for Tri-State said in statement, “As a member-owned cooperative operating on a not-for-profit basis, Tri-State purchased Colowyo Mine in 2011 to ensure a fuel ...
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South32 has a difficult start to life 23.7.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Company created through BHP Billiton demerger is buffeted by the commodities downturn
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Court Approves Patriot Coal Executive Bonus Plan 23.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Policy
A bankruptcy court approved Patriot Coal’s plan to pay potentially more than $6 million in employee bonuses, overruling challenges brought by a government watchdog and the miners and retirees whose benefits are threatened by the company’s upcoming ...
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BHP takes $2.bn charge on South32 split 22.7.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Annual underlying profits to be hit by $350m-$650m of asset writedowns related to copper business
Humphry Davy and the “safety lamp controversy” | Andrew Lacey 22.7.2015 Guardian: Science
This year marks the bicentenary of the invention of the Davy Lamp. But should credit for the first miners’ safety lamp be shared? Almost two hundred years ago, on 9 November 1815, Humphry Davy, formerly Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution, presented to the Royal Society the paper he later published as ‘On the Fire-damp of Coal Mines, and on Methods of Lighting the Mines so as to Prevent its Explosion’. In it, Davy described his researches into the chemical composition of “fire-damp” – the common name given to the naturally occurring mixture of flammable gases, mostly methane, that had caused several horrific mining disasters – and outlined several designs of lamp that might be used safely in the presence of the gas. Less than a month later, the Tyne Mercury published a hostile letter from a J. H. H. Holmes, prompted by “Several statements … in the London, Edinburgh, and different provincial papers of this district, relating to a lamp, or lamps, invented, or said to be invented, by Sir Humphry ...
N.M. power plant extension called ‘devastating’ 22.7.2015 Durango Herald
Some residents and environmental interests surrounding a New Mexico power plant and companion coal mine are devastated that federal officials extended operations.The news surrounding the Four Corners Power Plant and the Navajo Mine comes as a blow to opponents of the operation, especially as other coal mines across the nation are under...
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Philippines to raise 10m signatures for pope’s climate petition 22.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The world’s third-largest Catholic country is plagued by natural disasters and church leaders say they will mobilise believers to join Pope Francis’s campaign

Asia’s largest Catholic country has mobilised after the pope’s warning to tackle climate change, promising to gather 10m signatures for a petition that will be handed to world leaders at a Paris climate summit in November.

The Catholic climate petition aims to pressure countries to drastically cut carbon emissions to keep the global temperature rise below the dangerous 1.5°C threshold, and to help the world’s poorest to cope with climate change.

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In dispute over coal mine project, two ways of life hang in the balance 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Neither tribe created the modern energy economy. They did not build the railroads or the power plants or the giant freighters that cross the ocean.
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The Liverpool plains were a place of loss long before Shenhua's coal mine | Tim Low 21.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The natural world of the Liverpool Plains vanished soon after it was observed by white settlers. What happened offers us lessons for Australia’s new frontiers The giant coal mine set to destroy rich croplands on the Liverpool Plains has convinced agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce that “the world has world gone mad”. But these plains had gained a name as a place of loss long before the Shenua mine was ...
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Methane hot spot begs for action 21.7.2015 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation on Monday pointed to a hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane over part of the American Southwest, saying federal officials need to move quickly on reviewing new rules for curbing waste in oil and gas production.The Democratic members of the...
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