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  • Burning of fossil fuels hits record high in 2017 - report

    13 November 2017

    The 12th annual Global Carbon Budget report published on November 13, produced by 76 of the world’s leading emissions experts from 57 research institutions, estimates that global carbon emissions from fossil fuels will have risen by 2% by the end of 2017. The new analysis estimates that 37bn tonnes of CO2 will be emitted from burning fossil fuels, the highest total ever....

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  • Romania suffers two fatal coal mine incidents in October

    06 November 2017

    On October 30, an underground explosion at the Uricani coal mine in Western Romania killed one and injured three others. This is the second mine accident in Romania in a month: a gallery ceiling collapsed at the Lupeni coal mine on October 5 leaving two miners dead and one injured....

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  • US study finds power from coal up to 100 times more toxic than shale gas

    26 October 2017

    The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new University of Michigan study. In their lifecycle impact assessment, the researchers used Pennsylvania as the point of origin for both shale gas and coal, since both are abundant in the state....

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  • US mining deaths down to record low in 2016

    25 August 2017

    According to data compiled by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, 25 miners died in work-related accidents in 2016 against 29 in 2015. This is the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded in the country and only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. ...

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  • Putin pardons imprisoned director of Russian mine where 110 were killed in 2007 mine disaster

    24 August 2017

    In mid-August, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to pardon the former director of the Ulyanovskaya coal mine, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 by the Novokuznetsk District Court for violating security rules in explosive areas. Several others were also sentenced to terms of imprisonment following the 2007 incident, the worst mining disaster in Russia for at least 50 years....

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Five killed in Kashmir coal mine explosion 08 August 2017

A coal mine in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has suffered a fatal explosion on August 6 with five miners reported to have been killed. The Deputy Commissioner of Muzaffarabad, 20 miles south of the mine site near Seri Darra village, said seven miners were digging coal about 800 feet deep in a shaft when a gas explosion caused the roof to collapse....

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16 miners missing after flood in Siberian diamond mine 04 August 2017

Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in the Mir diamond mine in eastern Siberia after water flooded the shaft on August 4. The Russian state-owned operator, Alrosa, said 102 miners had been brought to the surface and another 33 miners had been located in the mine and were being evacuated. There were 151 workers underground when the accident happened....

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Dekra Insight launches process safety survey and calls for wide participation 02 August 2017

In a bid to improve Process Safety performance in process industries, Dekra Insight is calling for individuals in the sector to participate in the first Global Process Safety Training & Competency Survey. This aims to benchmark challenges and trends across industrial sectors and company size, and shine the light on process safety training needs and competence gaps in process industries....

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Explosion kills six in illegal Colombia gold mine 31 July 2017

Six security contractors working for Canadian mining company Continental Gold were killed in an explosion at an illegal gold mine in central Colombia on July 28. The blast took place in a mine in Antioquia province when the contractors surprised a group of illegal miners in a shaft they were inspecting, Continental said. One of the seven contractors survived....

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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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