Coal mining’s promise falls through for Dunedoo

Coal mining’s promise falls through for Dunedoo

Originally published by the New York Times on 08/10/15.   A flock of pink and grey galahs takes flight over the sports field, but Mark Gallagher does not see them. Gazing out over the field, soft and verdant in the late afternoon sun, he sees the game last year where the town’s...

Ngisika elijikayo/The tip of the iceberg

Ngisika elijikayo/The tip of the iceberg

Sifiso Dladla, community spokesman for the ICWA (iMfolozi Community Wildlife Alliance), speaks out on why Ibutho Coal’s proposed mine “promises chaos and deception”, not prosperity in the first of a new series. Originally published in Isolezwe. October 8, 2015. Dear Readers, Mfundi wendaba, This is my first of a few columns I...

Coal, Which Built a Chinese City, Now Threatens to Bury It

Coal, Which Built a Chinese City, Now Threatens to Bury It

Originally published by New York Times on 06/10/15.   FUSHUN, China — The descent into the pit was steep, and the car skidded down a bumpy serpentine road. “The road is supposed to be smooth, but last night’s storm and the following landslides make it so rough,” said Cui Yuan,...

UK: Community opponents of planned Field House coal mine buoyed by international solidarity

UK: Community opponents of planned Field House coal mine buoyed by international solidarity

YLNM member group Coal Action Network (CAN) are supporting UK communities to reject new opencast coal mines. The following article describes how, at a recent hearing for one mine, CAN read out a solidarity letter coordinated in collaboration with YLNM, bringing the voices of coal-affected communities in the Global South to...

The Fuleni coal mine serves no-one

The Fuleni coal mine serves no-one

Posted by Save Our Wilderness. By Richard Compton Two of KwaZulu-Natal’s most respected and experienced conservationists have jointly argued that the controversial Fuleni coal mine envisioned to be established right on the boundary of the Wilderness area of the historic iMfolozi Game Reserve will undermine and in some cases destroy...

Coal Map of Europe

Coal Map of Europe

The interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system. It maps different aspects of the coal business, ranging from where the coal plants are located to the health and climate impacts, government involvement and growing resistance from citizens. Learn how much...

Lignite – Power Source of the Past?

Lignite – Power Source of the Past?

Video by Deutsche Welle. Uploaded to Youtube on 18/10/13.   A video showing the impact of the enormous and expanding lignite mines in Germany. People dislocated, disinterment and more. One mine has so far swallowed up 14 villages and was granted on outdated conditions, though the company strongly advocates lignite as a ‘future...

Outrage over coal mine bordering Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness

Outrage over coal mine bordering Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wilderness

This article was originally printed in the Witness September 3, 2015.   A PROPOSAL for an anthracite mine bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve has been met with outrage from various conservation groups. In a press release sent by the iMfo1ozi Community Wilderness Alliance (ICWA), director Sheila Berry said no one...

India’s Coal Rush

India’s Coal Rush

Video by AJ+ (Al Jazeera’s Digital Media Team) in March 2012.   This video is now a few years old and could definitely do with updating, especially as regards the booms in artisanal mining, the burgeoning forest protection schemes and the economic turmoil in the commodities markets causing (generally) falling...

Coal. A Dirty Little Rock.

Coal. A Dirty Little Rock.

The Minerals Council of Australia produced a laughably desperate bit of propaganda (you can view it here) and it has provided us with a spectacular array of satirical responses. Here’s one of our favourite, from the coal-free pension fund Future Super.  ...