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Coal generation to fall more than 70% by 2050 - Report 25 June 2018

About half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050 while generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels, according to the New Energy Outlook 2018 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)....

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Eleven killed in Northeast China iron ore mine explosion 06 June 2018

Eleven people were killed and nine injured in a blast at an iron ore mine in Northeast China's Liaoning province, local authorities said on June 5. State media initially said 25 were trapped in the mine, which is owned and operated by the Huamei Group in Benxi City, although 23 were later reported to have been rescued....

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Four killed, nine injured in coal mine explosion in SW Pakistan 05 June 2018

At least four miners were killed and nine others injured in a coal mine explosion in Pakistan's southwesten Balochistan province on June 3, Dawn News said. According to initial reports, the explosion was caused by the accumulation of gas in the mine. Shafts partially caved in following the explosion, trapping the workers under the debris. ...

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South African mining companies agree $400m compensation for silicosis 04 May 2018

Mining companies have agreed a 5bn rand ($400m) compensation deal for tens of thousands of South African miners who contracted deadly lung diseases while working underground. The miners contracted silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling dust from gold-bearing rocks. ...

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South African gold miners die in earthquake 04 May 2018

Four miners were killed and three others reported missing underground after an earthquake hit the Masakhane gold mine west of Johannesburg, the Sibanye-Stillwater company said on May 4. Thirteen miners were initially trapped about 2.6km below the surface but rescuers managed to get several of them out, a company spokesperson said....

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Europe's largest bank announces ban on unsustainable energy investments 23 April 2018

London-based HSBC, whose global assets total more than $2 trillion, announced on April 20 that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants (with a few targeted exceptions), Arctic drilling or new oilsands projects, including pipelines....

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UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year 29 March 2018

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

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Over 200 workers claim their health was destroyed by Tennessee coal ash spill cleanup 28 March 2018

The Kingston coal fly ash slurry spill occurred on December 22, 2008, when an ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in Roane County, Tennessee. More than 4 million cubic metres of coal fly ash slurry was released, covering more than one square kilometre of the surrounding land....

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UK Government rejects proposed opencast coal project 26 March 2018

UK Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has thrown out plans to develop a new opencast coal mine at Highthorn near Druridge Bay, 35km north of Newcastle, even through they were approved by Northumberland County Council in 2016. Javid said his decision took account of all material considerations, including the potential environmental impacts of the scheme....

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Missouri University of Science and Technology team to study blast-induced brain injuries 16 February 2018

The Experimental Mine at Missouri S&T is known to many as the site of a popular summer Explosives Camp for high school students, and for its designation by Popular Science magazine as the country’s “coolest lab.”...

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