Wood scraps

The UK’s move away from coal means they’re burning wood from the US


Europe and the US say wood pellets are a carbon neutral alternative to coal. Many experts say otherwise.

A rig (L) surrounds the top of one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station as demolition work is carried out, in London, Oct. 2, 2014.

Why the UK has an easier time than the US divorcing from coal


Another way to look at the fossil record? By examining coal.

coal ash pollution

In a Kentucky lake, fish tell the story of long-term coal ash pollution

The Polar jet stream carries weather systems around the northern hemisphere. It's powered by the temperature differential between the Arctic and areas farther south, but new research finds that it's being disrupted as rapid warming in the Arctic reduces t

Here’s a new climate change reality that Trump’s new policies ignore

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President Trump shakes hands with a coal miner

Two US coal miners, two very different perspectives on the future of coal


Trump surrounded himself with coal miners when he signed his energy executive order, a very public signal that he was making good on a campaign promise to end the “war on coal.” But not all miners agree on the future of their industry.

China says it will invest another $361 dollars in renewable energy over the next four years and create 13 million new jobs in the sector, building on previous massive investments. The country already has the largest capacity of solar p

Donald Trump sees the future in coal. China sees the future in renewables. Who’s making the safer bet?


China says it’ll invest an additional $361 billion in renewable energy projects by 2020, and in the process create 13 million new jobs. The move’s in sharp contrast to Donald Trump’s promise to reinvigorate the coal industry in the US. Mary Kay Magistad of The World’s “Whose Century Is It?” podcast says China seems to have a clearer vision of the future.

Sammis power plant

An Ohio power company wants to reverse the deregulation it once fought for


Natural gas and renewable energy are out-competing coal and nuclear — but FirstEnergy, an Ohio-based power company, isn’t ready to give up.

Coal in West Virginia

Appalachia is being hammered by the fall of coal


With coal generating less than 40 percent of electricity in the country today, miners are in mourning. Mass lay-offs have become weekly news and residents in Central Appalachia, an area once rich with opportunity, don’t know what to do next.

Coal power plant in New Mexico

The US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to EPA mercury emissions rule


For years, the coal industry has enjoyed tax benefits and exemptions from strict environmental regulations. But those days might be over: President Barack Obama is using EPA authority under the Clean Air Act to try to curb coal power plant emissions, including CO2 and mercury. But coal interests are fighting back in the courts.