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Appalachia

The Value Of Community For Children In Poverty

Jessica Peace-Urgelles | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Jessica Peace-Urgelles

Ask a person about Appalachia, and their answer will likely amaze you. Outsiders may grimace, telling you about poverty and economic depression, an unhealthy affinity for coal, lack of education, and so on. Insiders, though, might tell you about the close-knit community, respect for the land, rich cultural heritage, and a passion for the place and its people.

President Obama Earns "C" On Mountaintop Removal Mining Report Card

Earthjustice | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

The problem is not that President Obama has done too much to regulate coal mining; the problem is that he could do more -- much more -- to protect the families and communities of Appalachia.

Report Outlines Ways to Protect Appalachian Communities from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you think mountaintop removal coal mining's days are over, you're wrong. In 2013, Virginia issued nine new surface mining permits and two acreage e...

Giving Green: Support the Judy Bonds Center on the Mountaintop Removal Front Lines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In its 1970 editorial, "The Great Soil Swindle," the New York Times declared: "This ravaging of farmland, pasture and woods in the single-minded pursuit of cheap coal is a desecration." That desecration continues today.

Appalachia Health Quarantine: Will Feds Issue Protective Respirators to Kids, Families Near Mountaintop Removal Sites?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Over the years, it has been sickening to watch politicians, coal company hacks and sycophantic journalists defer judgment and split hairs over the connections between massive mountaintop removal operations and public health hazards in the same way black lung disease for coal miners had been denied for decades.

'Green News Report' - October 21, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican candidates continue to dodge the climate change question; Mo...

The South Is Not a New Frontier: An Open Letter to the Human Rights Campaign

Kip Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kip Williams

Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention.

Dave Jamieson

Black Lung Disease Rates Skyrocket To Highest Levels Since 1970s

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

The proportion of coal miners who suffer from an advanced form of black lung disease has skyrocketed in central Appalachia in recent years, according ...

Interview With Wired Appalachian Advocate, Dana Kuhnline

Joe Solomon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

We chat about Dana's background, stories from organizing in coal country, and lessons from recruiting stories in a place that is rich in storytellers.

No One Left Behind in Coal Country

William S. Becker | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

What should the Obama administration do to ensure that the transition in coal country is as fair as possible?

Money and Happiness

Anita Casalina | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others.

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

Un-Ignore Appalachia

Glen Browder | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

A doctoral student at Columbia University complains that political scientists have been ignoring the 25 million residents of Appalachia. He is correct.

WATCH: Willie Nelson Joins The Fight Against Mountaintop Removal

The Huffington Post | Brianna Elliott | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green

Award-winning country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is joining the fight against mountaintop removal -- a surface mining practice that involves clea...

Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coa...

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

If a region's strategy for economic renewal was turned over to its people rather than controlled by its traditional power brokers, what would be the r...

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

President Obama's designation of five localities as Promise Zones is the latest in a long history of efforts by his predecessors to wage the war on po...

War on Poverty at 50: Religion's Roots and Lessons

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty reminds us how intractable that effort can be. This anniversary also recalls how religion has motivated, shaped and sustained this effort, in many ways prefiguring the campaign.

Southern Foodways Alliance - An Introduction To Appalachia

William S. Dissen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
William S. Dissen

Will Appalachian Food be the next big thing? I think it already is. Like good mountain folk, we don't' like to give away a secret. We're just careful to not let the word get out to fast.

Dear Sen. Rockefeller: Citizens Appeal for 'Time Out' on Mountaintop Removal in 2014

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Never has Sen. Rockefeller's leadership on health and safety issues been more needed in the coal mining areas of central Appalachia.

Free Mike Roselle From Jail: Free Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Roselle spent Thanksgiving in the Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia with a simple question: Why won't West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin simply have his state department's do their jobs and test the blasting dust for harmful toxins?

Juggling Faith and Forensics

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Mark I. Pinsky

Despite my years of covering crime, cops and courts, I soon learned that literally solving a case was much more difficult than literarily solving one.

Mountaintop Removal: Two Ecosexuals Fight Back Hard

Greg Archer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Greg Archer

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most revered American essayists and lecturers and the man at the helm of the Transcendentalist Movement of the mid-...

Book Tour Stop: Scene of the Crime

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark I. Pinsky

Book tours are rarely the stuff of high drama, but when one stop includes the scene of an infamous crime you claim to have solved, the tension and the room temperature tend to rise.