Coal mining

A coal-fired power station in Witbank, South Africa

World leaders agree to help South Africa phase out coal

Climate Change

At the recent COP26 climate talks in Scotland, the US and European nations agreed to provide $8.5 billion in financing to help South Africa phase out its use of coal power. 

In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo an uniper coal-fired power plant and BP refinery steam beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

What Germany can teach the US about quitting coal

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After coal: A new book and documentary chronicle ‘stories of survival in Appalachia and Wales’

The San Nicolas mine in Spain's northern region of Asturias is the last working coalmine in all of Spain. At its peak, it employed around two thousand people — today, about two hundred people work there.

Spain’s coal miners continue to wait for their country’s ‘Green New Deal’

Climate Change
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New report finds subsidies for coal are rising, not falling, in G20 countries

A man wearing a hard hat is silhouetted against old heavy windowpanes in a factory.

Poland is a coal country. But for how long?

Climate Change

This year’s global climate conference is convening in the heart of Poland’s coal country. Poland’s leaders are vowing to continue their heavy reliance on coal, but the politics and economics of the highly-polluting fuel are starting to shift.

A man in mining gear exits a shaft. Signs in Polish flank the opening.

Polish artists turn coal into ‘black gold’ as the mining industry shifts

Climate Change

Katowice, home to one of Poland’s oldest coal mines, closed in March. Now the city will host a series of UN talks on climate change. Budding artists have embraced the cleaner air and inspiration as the coal mining industry changes, others miss the community spirit.


How a forest became Germany’s poster child for a coal exit


For decades, RWE has been slowly razing the forest and surrounding towns to expand its adjacent coal mine, among Europe’s largest producers of lignite coal and greatest sources of carbon dioxide pollution. And earlier this fall, the company moved to start cutting a new section that protesters have been occupying.

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Before coal disappears from Germany, more villages will

Lignite mining has already claimed nearly 50 villages in the region, and since the mid-1950s more than 40,000 people have been displaced by it.

A haul truck at Peabody Energy's Rawhide coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming. The past few years have been tough for the coal industry in Wyoming — the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016.

A Wyoming town looks beyond coal … to new uses for coal

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Coal has driven Wyoming’s economy for decades. The state sits on hundreds of years of coal reserves. But the world is slowly moving away from coal, leaving some towns at a crossroads.