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China targets cement, batteries, metals in anti-pollution push | Reuters

...... has said it will tackle the environmental costs of more than three decades of unbridled growth. It has promised to get tough with under-regulated industries such as cement, iron and steel and coal but the central government has traditionally struggled to impose its will on powerful industrial sectors and local governments. According to a notice issued by the Ministry of Environmental ......

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(12/27/2013)

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The Most Important Climate Change Stories of 2013 - Yahoo News

...... Congress for tackling climate change, Obama pledged to go it alone through powers afforded him by executive order. In September Obama's EPA released its draft rules to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants and set up a climate change adaptation task force. In early December he ordered federal agencies to lead by example and get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020 ......

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(12/27/2013)

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NYK gets award for air lubrication system - Yahoo News Philippines

...... friction between the vessel bottom and the sea, was installed on two NYK Group module carriers. A system using the vessel's scavenging air was additionally developed and installed on a new coal carrier in 2012, thus demonstrating the viability of a system for large vessels having deep drafts. The NYK Group is also currently looking to equip newly built car carriers with this eco-friendly ......

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(12/26/2013)
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China struggling to meet 2011-2015 environment goals | Reuters

...... air, water and soil, Beijing has promised to put an end to its "growth at all costs" economic model. It has already introduced new policies aimed at reining in polluting industries, cutting coal use and thinning traffic. But the government report said China was already playing catch-up, the official Xinhua news agency reported. China wants energy intensity - the amount of energy ......

(355 words by reuters.com)
(12/25/2013)

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Two children, two adults in hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning - Yahoo News

...... Media reports said the apartment was without power and the occupants were burning coal to keep warm. The extent of injuries were not yet known. This latest incident comes as thousands of people from Ontario to the Maritimes continue to await the return of electricity that was knocked out by an ice storm last weekend. Authorities have strongly cautioned people against using gas-powered ......

(313 words by yahoo.com)
(12/25/2013)

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Russian firms at risk from U.S. Fed stimulus withdrawal: central bank | Reuters

...... the central bank said. Indebted Russian metals and mining companies which have been affected by a growth slowdown in China and stagnation in crisis-hit Europe include Rusal ( 0486.HK ) and coal miner Mechel ( MTLR.MM ). Higher interest rates may hurt companies' profitability and make it harder for them to service foreign debt, which grew by over 20 percent in the first 10 months of 2013 ......

(634 words by reuters.com)
(12/24/2013)

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Manchin: Democratic success in Republican state - Yahoo News

...... Environmental Protection Agency and still hammers the administration for "pie-in-the-sky" environmental standards. Those are necessary tactics for any statewide elected official in this leading coal state, but they're also true to the Manchin form: "We can balance the economy and the environment." "Balance" is also his defense when he's chastised and it happens often for a gun compromise he ......

(991 words by yahoo.com)
(12/24/2013)

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Westmoreland to buy coal operations for $435M - Yahoo7 Finance Australia

...... Westmoreland Coal Co. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the coal mining operations of Sherritt International Corp. for about $435 million which will help it expand its operations in Western Canada. The Englewood, Colo., company said the deal will double its business and make it the sixth largest coal producer in North America. Westmoreland will acquire seven thermal coal mines in the ......

(197 words by yahoo.com)
(12/24/2013)

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Rep: Ohio 'clean energy' plan a grassroots idea - Yahoo News

...... Internal Revenue Service. Trejo declined to name those involved in the corporation, saying he is not employed by them but by the campaign. He said speculation that the campaign involves big coal, oil or nuclear interests, billionaires, major corporations or offshore entities is simply untrue. "This is a truly citizen-driven idea, and not having the hand of politicians is very important," ......

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(12/24/2013)
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Mechel plans 2014 asset sales to cope with $2 billion debt | Reuters

...... MOSCOW (Reuters) - Loss-making Russian coal miner and steelmaker Mechel ( MTL.N ) ( MTLR.MM ) plans to raise around $1 billion from the sale of assets in 2014 which would help it to offset $2 billion debt it has to repay next year, the company said on Monday. Mechel, controlled by billionaire Igor Zyuzin, like other Russian steelmakers invested heavily in expansion before the 2008 financial ......

(503 words by reuters.com)
(12/23/2013)

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N. Korea purge sparked by mineral disputes: Seoul official - Yahoo News

...... on power -- but may stage armed provocations against the South sometime between January and March to rally domestic unity. "Jang intervened too much in lucrative state businesses...related to coal, which drew mounting complaints from other (related) state bodies," lawmaker Jung Chung-Rae, a member of the committee, quoted Nam as saying at the closed hearing. Jang for years handled the ......

(468 words by yahoo.com)
(12/23/2013)

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To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production - Yahoo Finance

...... Oct. 21, 2013, photo, construction continues at the Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss. The power plant is designed to use a soft form of coal called lignite in a gasification process to generate power. The plant, America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-bac ......

(2174 words by yahoo.com)
(12/23/2013)

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2013 roundup: Reporters backstories on the big stories - Yahoo News

...... through the Margaret Thatcher era and her immediate legacy, so her death was poignant. I had qualified as a reporter the year she stood down in 1990, but my family's history - steeped in the coal mines and steelworks of South Wales - and my father's job as a trade unionist gave me an industrial-scale interest in "Thatcherism." Indeed my dad's steel union had been one of the first to strike ......

(8896 words by yahoo.com)
(12/23/2013)

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The governments secret nuclear power plans are seriously flawed - Yahoo News UK

...... which are apparently to take a backseat. Of course, the advocates of nuclear power will argue that it's perfectly safe, that less people die due to nuclear radiation than are killed in coal mines, and that it is essential that something is done to address climate change, which is a dire threat to the whole of humanity. Certainly when things go wrong with nuclear power, they go ......

(678 words by yahoo.com)
(12/23/2013)
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UK renewables support list omits Eggborough coal plant - Yahoo!7

...... is taking place from 2014 to 2017, the government has ranked 10 renewables projects to get early CfDs in late 2014. The 10 projects include biomass conversion at two units of the Drax coal-fired power station; biomass conversion at Lynemouth Power Station; Dong Energy's Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, Hornsea offshore wind farm and an extension to its Walney offshore wind farm. The ......

(453 words by yahoo.com)
(12/23/2013)
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Appalachian county losing coal jobs builds ATV park on reclaimed mine land - Yahoo News

...... LEBURN, Ky. - Knott County in eastern Kentucky has been hit hard in recent years by the region's dwindling coal industry. But now a tourist attraction has opened on the remains of an old Appalachian mine. All-terrain vehicles and motorbikes now zoom along the hilly terrain in Knott County that was left behind when mine operators shut down operations. When the mining companies left, they took ......

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Shoppers Demand Heavy Discounting In Holiday Shopping - Yahoo Finance

...... said Monday, mostly driven by autos and other big-ticket long-lasting items. But with cost-conscious shoppers holding out for steep bargains, this holiday season may turn out to be a lump of coal for many retailers. Spending rose 0.5% last month, in line with expectations and a bit more than the 0.4% increase in October. Sales of durable goods such as motor vehicles were up 1.9%. ......

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(12/23/2013)
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Cliffs Up to Strong Buy - Yahoo Finance

...... amid a weak pricing environment, reflected by the narrowing of its SG&A (selling, general and administrative) and exploration costs targets for 2013 and cost reductions in its North American Coal operation. In addition, Cliffs is boosting its mining and transportation capacity globally. It is in the process of manufacturing lower silica and premium grade iron ore concentration products at ......

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(12/23/2013)
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Obama's Carbon-Capture Plan For Coal Plants Has Dirty Trade-Off; Oil Production

...... DE KALB, Miss. (AP) America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil. When President Barack Obama first endorsed ......

(2048 words by huffingtonpost.com)
(12/22/2013)

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Govt defends approval of $6bn Palmer mine - Yahoo7 Finance Australia

...... The Abbott government is defending its decision to approve Clive Palmer's $6.4 billion coal project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, saying his role in parliament had nothing to do with the outcome. Mr Palmer's Waratah Coal has been given the green light to build a thermal coal project near Alpha in Queensland's central west, plus a rail line linking the project to a proposed port at Abbot ......

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(12/22/2013)
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Emotions run high in Pinelands gas pipeline plan - Yahoo News

...... gnarly pine trees and sandy soil home. But just outside the Pinelands sits the main power plant for southern New Jersey, one that has long created concern with the high levels of pollution its coal burners cause. The BL England plant recently agreed to switch from coal to natural gas to avoid being ordered to shut down by New Jersey environmental authorities. And that is the center of one of ......

(845 words by yahoo.com)
(12/21/2013)

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Govt defends approval of $6bn Palmer mine - Yahoo!7

...... The Abbott government is defending its decision to approve Clive Palmer's $6.4 billion coal project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, saying his role in parliament had nothing to do with the outcome. Mr Palmer's Waratah Coal has been given the green light to build a thermal coal project near Alpha in Queensland's central west, plus a rail line linking the project to a proposed port at Abbot ......

(462 words by yahoo.com)
(12/21/2013)

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Waratah Coal welcomes Galilee Basin mine approval despite environmental conditions - Yahoo!7

...... Waratah Coal has welcomed the Federal Government's environmental approval of what could become Australia's biggest coal mine, despite the imposition of 49 conditions to ensure protection of sensitive wilderness. The company, owned by federal MP Clive Palmer, says the operation in Queensland's Galilee Basin will produce 40 million tonnes of coal for export every year. The $6.4 billion ......

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(12/21/2013)
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Voters in Madagascar want end to crisis sparked by coup | Reuters

...... largest island, which lies in the Indian Ocean. The coup prompted donors to cut vital aid and scared off tourists and investors. Madagascar has rich deposits of nickel, titanium, cobalt, iron, coal and uranium, as well as prospects for oil and gas. For those sources of cash to return, much will depend on whether the army remains on the sidelines this time and whether the loser is ready to ......

(481 words by reuters.com)
(12/20/2013)

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Special Report: The U.S. government lab behind China's nuclear power push | Reuters

...... and supply thorium and molten salts for the experimental reactors. The push into thorium is part of a broader national energy strategy. The government wants to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power plants, which account for about 80 percent of the nation's electricity but have darkened its skies. Nuclear energy is a big part of the plan: China aims to have 58 gigawatts of nuclear ......

(1881 words by reuters.com)
(12/20/2013)

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Waratah Coal welcomes Galilee Basin mine approval despite environmental conditions - Yahoo!7

...... Waratah Coal has welcomed the Federal Government's environmental approval of what could become Australia's biggest coal mine, despite the imposition of 49 conditions to ensure protection of sensitive wilderness. The company, owned by federal MP Clive Palmer, says the operation in Queensland's Galilee Basin will produce 40 million tonnes of coal for export every year. The $6.4 billion ......

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Federal Court gives Whitehaven Coal s controversial Maules Creek mine green light - Yahoo!7

...... The Federal Court has granted approval for Whitehaven Coal to proceed with its controversial Maules Creek mine in north-west New South Wales. The court ruled today that the approval for the mine granted by former environment minister Tony Burke was valid. The approval had been challenged by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment, which said the land offsets offered by Whitehaven ......

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(12/20/2013)

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What is the Coalition s direct action climate change policy? - Yahoo!7

...... "It's going to be easier to achieve that figure now because of changes in Australian manufacturing," he said. "That's not a desirable cause, but it's a reality. "We've seen a number of coal mines and a number of manufacturing businesses either not proceed or close down." Take a look at our explainer below on how the Coalition's climate change policy works. Direct action policy ......

(947 words by yahoo.com)
(12/20/2013)

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Clive Palmer s Waratah Coal mine in Queensland s Galilee Basin gets federal environmental approval - Yahoo!7

...... Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal has been given environmental approval by the Federal Government for a major thermal coal mine in Queensland's central-west. Waratah Coal plans to develop the $6 billion China First mine project near Alpha in the Galilee Basin. The plans include the construction of a 500-kilometre rail line to the Abbot Point coal terminal in Bowen in north Queensland. Last week, ......

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Will the Clean Energy ETF Surge Continue in 2014? - Yahoo India Finance

...... energy trends and Obama's 'Climate Change Action Plan'. Obama Plan Proves Beneficial In June, President Obama unveiled a broad environmental plan in order to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and make cleaner forms of American-made energy. The plan hinges on three pillars - cutting carbon emissions, preparing for the impact of climate change, and leading international ......

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