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Explosion at Russian nickel mine kills four 10 July 2017

Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel. The accident happened during drifting activities carried out by Polar Construction Company, a contractor of Nornickel. The company blamed a build-up of methane, which ignited in the shaft. ...

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BP 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy shows long-term shifts underway 15 June 2017

The 2017 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, published on June 13,  Data in the Review clearly demonstrate the long-term transitions now underway in the markets, with a shift to slower growth in global energy demand, demand moving strongly towards the fast-growing developing economies of Asia, and a marked shift towards lower carbon fuels and renewables as coal use falls....

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Two killed in Indian quarry after lightning strikes explosives 22 May 2017

On May 18, a quarry blast at Madapanta, Ramanagara, in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, was confirmed to have killed two workers and injured another nine. According to a witness report in the Times of India, the workers were placing explosives in heavy rain when lightning struck the quarry, causing a bundle to explode....

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Explosion kills at least 29 illegals in South African gold mine 19 May 2017

An explosion on May 11 reportedly killed dozens of illegal miners in Harmony Gold’s Eland mine in Welkom, Free State, local authorities announced on May 12. A week later, 29 bodies had been recovered from the closed mine, local media said, with some of the bodies dragged for 13km through underground tunnels by rescuers to bring the bodies to the surface. ...

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Coal mine explosion in northern Iran kills at least 35 04 May 2017

The Iranian Fars news agency said on May 4 that the death toll in a coal mine explosion the previous day at Azadshahr in Golestan province in northern Iran had reached at least 35. The provincial director general of disaster management said 22 dead bodies had been recovered, and that some of the dead were rescuers who had gone into the mine to help victims of the initial explosion....

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China railway tunnel blast kills 12 03 May 2017

All of the 12 people trapped in a railway tunnel blast in southwest China's Guizhou Province were confirmed dead after a 14-hour rescue in the gas-filled tunnel failed to find them, Xinhua said in a report dated May 2. An investigation is still underway but initial reports say a methane explosion is suspected as the Qishanyan Tunnel under construction is designed to pass through a coal seam....

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News Extra: Official 2016 statistics show workplace safety improving in China, but coal mines still a problem 02 May 2017

According to a report by Xinhua, workplace accidents continued to decline in China in 2016 after the government took “iron-fisted” efforts to curb illegal operations. The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) reported 60,000 workplace safety accidents in 2016, down 5.8% on a year earlier....

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Two crew killed in explosion on bulk coal carrier in North Atlantic 25 April 2017

Two crew members are dead and three more have serious burn injuries after an explosion on a coal cargo ship in the North Atlantic Ocean. The captain of the Tamar, a 623-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, reported an explosion in the forward storeroom on April 24, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said in a statement....

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China reduces coal imports from North Korea as sign of displeasure 11 April 2017

China ordered ships laden with North Korean coal, the isolated nation’s most important export, to return home full after promising in February to suspend imports of the fuel for the rest of the year. On April 10, Reuters reported a fleet of cargo ships from the country returning to the North Korean city of Nampo after Chinese customs officials told trading companies to return the coal shipments. ...

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UK carbon dioxide emissions fall 7.4% in 2016 31 March 2017

The UK Government published provisional 2016 greenhouse gas emissions figures on March 30 showing net emissions of carbon dioxide came to 374.1 million tonnes (Mt), 7.4% lower than the 2015 figure of 403.8 Mt. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for over 81% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions....

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