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Redford Never Shies from Taking on Big Polluters and Corporate Bullies

John Adams | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
John Adams

After forty years of standing up for nature, forty years of progress, Robert Redford still looking forward. Still focused on the work we have to do. Still driven by that same passion that first stirred him as a boy in the Texas hills.

Clean Coal Is a Hoax, Mr. President, and You Know It, So Drop It

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Out of all the meaningless slogans bantered around this election season, President Obama's clinging to the "clean coal" banner ranks as one of the most specious. Coal is not and will never be clean.

Sonia Barkat Loves Fairmont, West Virginia

Love Letters | Posted 12.17.2012 | Travel
Love Letters

Sitting down at a table in the corner, it would be easy to conclude that this was a small tavern in Italy with an odd obsession with West Virginia University athletics.

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.

Republicans Double Down on Big Coal and Big Oil, Killing Clean Air and Clean Water

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

H.R. 3409 will create uncertainty for businesses and undermine the development of clean energy technology, and it should be defeated.

Mourning Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson, and the Appalachians He Defended

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

His message was simple and to the point: Love them or leave them, just don't destroy them.

King Coal's Road to Nowhere: The Coalfields Expressway

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

We can't let King Coal destroy our streams and our mountains. Appalachians have suffered enough at the hands of the coal industry.

Seeds of Change in Appalachia

Betty Londergan | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Chad's attitude has changed, his whole family is eating healthier food, and the garden gets him outside moving and sweating every day, with his excited kids working beside him. And this kind of Appalachian pride is growing on 43 family gardens all across Ashe County.

Besieged Coalfield Residents Denounce Court Decision Against EPA Rules on Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In a shocking blow to besieged Appalachian coalfield residents today, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled in favor of a coal industry law suit, striking down the EPA's modest guidance rules on mountaintop removal mining.

Breaking: Daring Protesters Shut Down Obama Backed Strip Mine In West Virginia

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.27.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Ramping up renewed efforts to end mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia, scores of protesters staged a daring action at the controversial Hobet strip mine today in Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Acting Against Their Own Interests: Appalachian Coal Miners

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
Ian Reifowitz

The coal industry essentially has its employees between a rock and a hard place. They say they are operating on behalf of the employees' interests, that they want to protect their jobs. In reality, they want to protect their bottom line.

Black lung surges back in coal country

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris HambyiWatch NewsPRESTONSBURG, Ky. -- Ray Marcum bears the marks of a bygone era of coal mining. At 83, his voice is raspy, his eastern Kent...

Historic Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act Introduced in Congress for Mountaintop Removal Moratorium

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Recognizing the mounting humanitarian crisis from mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian coalfields, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Louise Slaughter joined others from across the nation today and introduced The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act.

Citizens Ban Fracking at Ohio Statehouse Rally

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

Following these environmental leaders' powerful speeches exposing the perils of fracking and the need for immediate action to move beyond fossil fuels, rally participants marched to the Ohio Statehouse and occupied the rotunda.

Pressure Mounts to End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week hundreds of residents from Appalachia and beyond came to Washington, D.C., to demand Congress end mountaintop removal coal mining and enforce the Clean Water Act.

Kentucky: Is It OK That 40-Year Veteran Coal Miner Stanley Sturgill Was Arrested?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As Capitol Hill sit-ins against mountaintop removal mining spread to offices of central Appalachian members of Congress today, one arrest stands out in my mind as a litmus test for Kentuckians -- and all Americans, for that matter.

Old-School Busses Fight Hunger In The Appalachians

Amy Guerrieri | Posted 08.03.2012 | Impact
Amy Guerrieri

What place do you think of when you hear "food insecurity" or "hungry kids?" Probably not the United States. But child hunger is a reality for many ...

Valley Girl: Appalachia's Future Poet Laureate Takes on Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.29.2012 | Books
Jeff Biggers

It takes a dazzling new chapbook of poetry, every now and then, to remind us that the extraordinary fountain of Appalachian letters continues to churn out some of the most original, innovative and downright fearless voices today.

Mountain Mourning: Appalachian Women Lead Dramatic Protest Against Mountaintop Removal: Interview With Marilyn Mullens

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After serving her country as a major in the U.S. Army for 22 years, Marilyn Mullens is now leading a group of her fellow Appalachian women to the West Virginia state capitol on Memorial Day to protest the growing humanitarian crisis of mountaintop removal mining.

PHOTOS: The World's Top 10 Treks

Smithsonian | Posted 07.22.2012 | Travel

The fact that people still opt to walk today, in the age of the wheel and the combustion engine, tells us there is something virtuous and irresistible about plodding.

Stopping Coal in Its Tracks: Will Historic Actions This Week Launch Summer Uprising?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.03.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Activists in North Carolina tagged Apple's logo on the coal trains today, calling out the tech company's increasingly coal-fired needs at it expanding Maiden, NC, datacenter.

After Upper Big Branch: New Film Reveals the Lives and Dreams Along Coal River Valley

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.05.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Annenberg Weingarten's gift, like the very heritage he explores, is a wonderful legacy, and one that the rest of the nation needs to know as they flip on their lights and electricity each day.

Spruce Mine Reversal Signals Mountaintop Removal Permits Are Not Slowing to a Trickle

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Far from a trickle, according to the EPA, "110 individual and general mining permits have been issued by the Corps of Engineers since the Obama administration began under section 404 of the Clean Water Act."

New Documentary Exposes America's 'Other BP' Disaster

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

One of the most important film documentaries in years, turning the light on the dark side of all mining, Coal Rush faithfully documents the long-running legal proceedings until the final settlement in the summer of 2011.

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner's Death Tells 'Story Of The Appalachian Coal Miner' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green

Richard Coots, Jr. wasn’t killed in a massive explosion, and the accident that claimed him barely made a ripple of news beyond Eastern Kentucky. He ...