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Why It's Time To End Mountaintop Removal

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Mountaintop removal mining is an extreme, dangerous act that must be ended, and with this vindication, the president and his EPA must be the ones to end it.

EPA Moving To Prevent Construction Of Massive Mine In Alaska

AP | By BECKY BOHRER | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned ma...

Interview With the Last Peyote Guardians: Marakame José Luis "Katira" Ramírez and Son

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.17.2014 | Arts
Tracy L. Barnett

José Luis "Katira" Ramírez was serving as the governor of his community of San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco, when he met Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vilchez. He was not like any governor Vilchez had ever met.

The Climate Post: White House Announces New Climate Change Initiatives

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The White House on Wednesday announced executive actions to help states and communities build their resilience to more intense storms, high heat, sea ...

An Interview With Directors of Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment
Tracy L. Barnett

When Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vílchez made his way up into the remote Wixarika community of San Andrés Cohamiata Tateikie high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn't know was how deeply it would change his own life.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Faces Mounting Pressure to Act on Oil, Gas, Mining Global Transparency

Frank Vogl | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the powerhouse lobbying group for the oil industry, is pushing hard for actions that are not only explicitly against the interests of investors, but that bolster corrupt regimes in many foreign countries.

The Other Side of Fracking: Connecting the Dots Along the Supply Lines

Tobias Roberts | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Tobias Roberts

Everyone has heard of fracking these days -- that dreadful and dangerous practice of drilling and injecting chemical-laden fluid into the ground at a ...

Russia and Australia Should Forge a Pragmatic Relationship

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Forging independent relations with Russia that are premised on common mineral fortunes and knowledge exchange will likely provide more opportunity for galvanizing positive change in the Kremlin.

Haunting Photos Of An Amazon Gold Mining Town Gone Bust

AP | RODRIGO ABD | Posted 05.29.2014 | World

HUEPETUHE, Peru (AP) — This nearly half-century-old Amazon boomtown has gone bust with the government's recent crackdown on illegal gold mining. ...

No Death Is Ordinary: Soma Work Massacre in Turkey

Nukhet A. Sandal | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Nukhet A. Sandal

The recent mining tragedy in Turkey has cost hundreds of lives, and the death toll is rising by every hour. This is everything but an ordinary accident. Death is not in the nature of the job, but it is the result of decisions conveniently not taken.

Company Denies Mining Disaster In Turkey Caused By Negligence

AP | DESMOND BUTLER and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

SAVASTEPE, Turkey (AP) — Government and company officials denied Friday that negligence caused Turkey's worst mining disaster, as opposition lawmake...

Dave Jamieson

Obama's 'War On Coal' Is About To Save Coal Miners' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday the Labor Department announced new rules that will tighten the standards protecting U.S. miners from black lung disease, a ...

What the F*ck Is Coober Pedy?

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.09.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Find out how the sandy mole-people of Australia get deep down. Photo by: Whale05 Australia's anti-oasis between Adelaide and Alice Springs, this lo...

Kate Sheppard

Senators Seek To Curb EPA Authority On Mine Waste Disposal

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A pair of senators have introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority to preemp...

Missing a Trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Next week, over 1,000 government officials, aid donors, NGO reps, and private businesses will descend on Mexico City for the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

Behind the Scenes: What Wirikuta Fest Fans Bought With Their Tickets

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

Nearly two years ago, more than a dozen of Mexico's biggest performing artists came together in a mega-event aimed at saving Wirikuta, one of the country's most sacred sites, from devastation at the hands of Canadian gold and silver mining operations.

How West Virginia's Politicians Are Ruled By Coal

The New Yorker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

On the morning of Thursday, January 9, 2014, the people of Charleston, West Virginia, awoke to a strange tang in the air off the Elk River....

Kate Sheppard

White House Releases Plan To Address Potent Greenhouse Gas

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House released a new strategy Friday to address methane emissions from landfills, mines, agriculture, and the oil and gas sect...

Over 5,000 Ask Illinois Attorney General to Investigate Permit at Peabody Strip Mine

Will Reynolds | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

I visited the Rocky Branch neighbors with a mix of sadness and inspiration this week. It's heartbreaking to see the area depopulated as Peabody buys homes and drives out neighbors.

The Iron Law of Toxic Extraction

Carl Pope | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A well-understood and established industrial process -- refining oil -- conducted in two states with rigorous environmental regulation and robust enforcement, every year, kills or injures workers. And the company responsible stonewalls inspectors.

CA Controller and NYC Comptroller Stand Firm Against Pebble Mine, Again Urge Rio Tinto to Divest to Protect Major Pension Fund Investors

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

The California State Controller and New York City Comptroller's offices refused to back down from their request that mining giant Rio Tinto divest fro...

Human Footprints to a Harrowing Future

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have read dozens of books dealing with the natural world and the environmental crisis. But rarely have I come across the mirror of the world I disco...

Coal Spill Puts Spotlight on Colombia's Labor and Environmental Struggles

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Michelle Chen

The Alabama-based Drummond Company's recent coal spill in Colombia has combined with its record of labor abuse to place the coal giant at the intersection of the country's political struggles and environmental crises.

Villagers Stall India's Largest FDI for 8 Years

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Madhusree Mukerjee

For eight years the inhabitants of several coastal villages in the state of Odisha, whose fields and vines enable a flourishing economy, have been resisting eviction to make way for POSCO's steel plant and an associated port.

The Brilliance of Ishmael Beah

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.30.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The novel Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah is a brilliant book, not in terms of innovation or style, but in terms of illumination -- and there is no better brilliance for a book, or for an author.