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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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  • Five hospitalised after explosion at Rio Tinto facility in Canada

    31 March 2017

    A blast at the Rio Tinto iron and titanium plant in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, resulted in five workers being treated for shock at a local hospital, Rio Tinto said in a statement. The cause of the explosion, which caused heavy damage to part of the metallurgical complex northeast of Montreal, is under investigation. Initial reports say the blast involved carbon monoxide gas used in the production process....

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  • St Lucia quarry explosion kills four

    24 March 2017

    An explosion on the Caribbean island of St Lucia killed four and injured at least 20, with four of the worst affected airlifted to the neighbouring French island of Martinique. Three doctors from Martinique are also at the Victoria Hospital in St Lucia to assist. The explosion occurred at Farrand Quarry, operated by Rayneau Construction in Cul de Sac, Castries....

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Ukraine coal producer idles key coal mines in rebel-held east 09 March 2017

Ukrainian coal producer DTEK Energy said on March 9 it had idled its largest mines in territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists due to a blockade on rail traffic on the Ukrainian side of the eastern front line. The blockade by a group of Ukrainian politicians and military veterans has held up industrial shipments from rebel-held areas since early 2017....

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Fatal opencast coal mine cave-in highlights India's poor mining safety record 06 March 2017

Some 23 miners and dozens of vehicles were buried when about 250 metres of stripped overburden collapsed on December 29, 2016, at the Lalmatia opencast mine in Jharkhand, north-eastern India. In an investigation, Indian Express noted that this disaster ended an exceptionally dangerous year for mining in India, with a fatality every three days during the first six months....

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Coal mine explosion in Ukraine kills eight 03 March 2017

On March 1, a methane explosion killed at least eight coal miners and injured six others some 550 metres underground in western Ukraine's Lviv region. Ukrainian emergency officials said about 34 miners were working in the area of the blast in Stepnaya mine in Lviv's Sokal district. Authorities rescued 20 trapped miners several hours later....

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China coal mine blast fatality numbers rise after official accused of cover-up 21 February 2017

Xinhua reports that the death toll in the methane explosion at the Zubao Coal Mine in Lianyuan City, Hunan Province, has risen to 10 after a miner originally listed as injured was found to be dead. The news agency said police had arrested a mine official on suspicion of covering up the death. Three local government officials including two deputy mayors are also under investigation....

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Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine 10 February 2017

After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines....

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