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28 May 2021
Somerset, Colorado, United States
A ski company and oil and gas executive were able to work out a deal to turn the Elk Creek Mine into a power plant that puts out 24 million kilowatt hours a year and prevents hundreds of billions of methane each year ...
11 May 2021
Louisiana, United States
Over 15 Minutes
After oil and gas platforms reach the end of their working lives, some are being turned into artificial reefs that can create new ecosystems in the ocean. Since the 1980s, 550 platforms have been reefed in the Gulf of...
26 January 2021
Santa Barbara, California, United States
As oil rigs stop producing fossil fuels and become decommissioned, many are being repurposed into artificial reefs that support populations of marine wildlife with food and shelter. In the United States, more than 500...
18 January 2021
Seattle, Washington, United States
Over 3000 Words
For over a decade, environmentalists, Indigenous tribes, ranchers, politicians, scientists, and fishers in the Pacific Northwest have been able to defeat more than 20 proposals from coal and oil firms to ship fossil f...
1 September 2020
Texas, United States
A cryptocurrency mining company in Texas called Layer1 can power down its data-processing centers and sell its unused electricity back to the power grid. Instead of passively consuming energy, they are able to utilize...
20 August 2020
California, United States
Solar development can reduce or significantly alter local biodiversity, and this should be considered when planning sustainability projects in the desert, argues a new study. Scientists measured the impact of a solar ...
26 February 2020
A group of scientists in Borneo have proven that plants can supply small levels of the minerals needed to sustain industrial products such as stainless steel. Specifically, a group of plants that thrive in metallic so...
13 February 2020
Kentucky, United States
Over 3000 Words
After strip-mining for coal devastated Kentucky’s forests and planting grass didn’t revive Appalachia’s ecosystems, a federal employee reversed course and spearheaded an ambitious reforestation effort. By planting tre...
16 December 2019
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Over 3000 Words
After an abandoned copper mine destroyed the Tsolum River in Canada, it took decades and cross-sector collaboration to reduce acid runoff and bring back fish populations. The government, a restoration society, and eve...
14 December 2019
Colorado, United States
In former Colorado mining towns, solar energy programs in high schools are introducing students to new types of job opportunities and helping schools save money on energy costs.
21 October 2019
Hyden, Kentucky, United States
In a former mining county in Kentucky, a high school principal is leveraging partnerships and raising expectations to both encourage students to complete high school and pursue college classes and to stay to work in t...
21 July 2019
Grand Coulee, Washington, United States
Over 3000 Words
The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state has a longstanding history of providing generating power and hydropower, but hasn't always been the most reliable operation and faces financial uncertainty. Still, it has a pro...
12 April 2019
Grundy, Virginia, United States
Strip mining, a method in which the entire top few hundred feet of mountain are blown up to expose coal seams, has left Virginia and other Appalachian states with nearly a million acres of flat, problematic lands. Env...
8 January 2019
Ashcamp, Kentucky, United States
While waiting on $1 billion of federal money to help address repercussions from a century of coal mining, communities in Kentucky and other Appalachian towns create their own solutions. Chapters of the Black Lung soci...
19 November 2018
Corning, Ohio, United States
In Ohio, artists and scientists are teaming up, turning hazardous mine run-off into paint pigment. High demand for such pigment, public funding, and enthusiasm for clean waterways could go a long way to mitigate water...
16 October 2018
Cantonment, Florida, United States
Across the country, projects that mine landfills for reusable metals and soils are underway. Can such mining prove profitable enough to spur similar efforts on a grand scale? So far, some projects have seen profits wh...
9 October 2018
Northwest Territories, Canada
Faced with the existential threat posed by an oil company in their community, the Gwich’in nation banded together with a former rival, Greenpeace, to take the company to court. By highlighting the failure of the compa...
18 June 2018
London, United Kingdom
Despite being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the UK passed the Climate Change Act in 2008, a move that reduced coal-fired electricity generation by 33 percent in only five years. The UK's carbon tax help...
ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)
7 May 2018
West Virginia, United States
Broadcast TV News
Under 3 Minutes
Mined Minds, a nonprofit founded in 2015, is providing training and job connections for former coal miners in West Virginia and Kentucky who are now out of work. Take seventh-generation coal miner Billy Buzzard. He un...
25 April 2018
Barkin Ladi, Plateau State, Nigeria
Mining for tin in central Nigeria helped two ethnic groups overcome an age-old conflict. Thousands of people were killed between 2011 and 2016 in this ethnic conflict between Fulani herdsmen and Berom farmers, but a a...
The Japan Times
11 March 2018
Fukushima, Ōkuma, Japan
Despite the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, the region is working diligently towards reaching a goal of being 100 percent renewable energy efficient by 2040. Through a series of pilot programs as well as partnersh...
9 March 2018
Kentucky, United States
As coal jobs become increasingly rare, schools in Kentucky are facing rising electricity prices and declining tax rates. Through innovative class work and partnerships with solar installation companies, local students...
21 January 2018
Montana, United States
After a 2010 mill closure led to school staff cuts and student departures and threatened to compromise the central role of the K-12 institution in the community, a small rural town on the outskirts of Missoula took a ...
18 September 2017
Wyoming, United States
In Wyoming, the economic development is closely linked to the coal industry. Forty percent of the coal is being mined in this state. However, the industry is declining and many people are losing their jobs. To adjust ...
1 July 2017
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
The burning of coal for fuel is one of the world's largest contributors to CO2 emissions, and continues to worsen the detrimental effects of planetary warming. But while many feel hopeless in light of an administratio...
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