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- Mar 28 20172 minutes
If Trump Wants To Save Coal Country, Deregulation Isn't The Answer
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order officially rolling back some of the Obama administration's most important climate regulations. Trump claimed the order was part of his campaign promise to revive the coal industry and help
- Dec 5 20161 minute
Congress Can Help Retired Coal Workers
The politics of coal are controversial; helping retired coal miners shouldn’t be. Congress can and should take action to ensure that thousands of former coal workers continue to receive their health benefits past the end of this year and to keep thei
- Dec 21 201616 minutes
President Trump and the Unnatural World
David Biello, author of The Unnatural World, talks about the paradox of climate change in the Trumpocene.
- Mar 1 20171 minute
Sorry, Coal. Solar Is Where the Jobs Are
Donald Trump has promised to send workers back to the mines. He’s missing the bigger picture.
- Oct 17 20161 minute
‘Clean Coal’ Is Far From Clean
“There is a thing called clean coal,” Donald Trump said during the Oct. 9 debate. But there isn’t—and there won’t be for a considerable time, if ever. Presumably, Trump was referring to so-called carbon-capture technology, which is designed to colle
- Jan 16 201712 minutes
Saving Coal Country
Billionaires Donald Trump and Jim Justice won big in West Virginia with promises of blue-collar jobs. But as the world cools on carbon, can the new governor actually put miners back to work?
- Mar 29 20173 minutes
Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up
Capturing carbon emissions from coal plants would reduce coal's effect on climate change. But high costs and other factors have stymied efforts to use that technology at more U.S. power plants.
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
A Gold Rush in Mexico’s Deadly South
Canadians are investing in violence-plagued Guerrero state | “We’re very involved with our security folks”
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Q&A Adam Sieminski, Head Of EIA
Naureen S. Malik Adam Sieminski is the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a division of the Department of Energy that collects and analyzes data. Are $60 oil prices possible next year? They should be above $50 next year.
- Oct 17 20162 minutes
Inside the Fight for Cleaner Air
AT FIRST GLANCE, LONDON’S Oxford Street looks like any other pristine urban corridor. Trees bloom. Taxis honk. Shoppers flock to stores like Starbucks, Uniqlo and the Gap. Of all the words you could use to describe this destination, dangerous would b
- Mar 15 20174 minutes
Stripping Miners of Safety Protections
A West Virginia proposal to help the coal industry by paring back safety regulations may actually protect neither miners or their jobs.
- Apr 1 20174 minutes
The Bling Machine
LIZ WELCH UNBEKNOWN TO MOST, scientists working in computer labs have been growing diamond shards for decades. But in 2013, solar entrepreneur R. Martin Roscheisen decided to apply the technology to a product far more glamorous—fine jewels. Diamond
- Mar 28 20174 minutes
Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy
The Trump administration aims to roll back the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from power plants, lift the moratorium on federal coal leases and change the "social cost of carbon" policy.
- Mar 28 20172 minutes
What Is "Clean Coal"? Here's What It Actually Is — And The Case For And Against It
Donald Trump promised "really clean coal" as he reversed Obama-era climate policy Tuesday. What does that mean?
- Apr 10 20172 minutes
Trump Takes Aim At Obama’s Climate Legacy
THROUGHOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S eight years in office, he slowly but surely issued environmental regulations that, taken together, positioned the U.S. as a global leader in the fight against climate change. Many of those policies may now be dismantled.
- Dec 15 20162 minutes
Raw Materials For A Rebound
WHEN JOHN ROTH thinks back on the oil market of two years ago, a certain calamitous image comes to mind: “I liken it to pushing a freight train off the top of a hill,” says Roth, manager of the $3 billion Fidelity New Millennium Fund. “After a while
- Apr 21 20171 minute
U.K. May Have 24 Hours Without Coal Power
The country's National Grid announced Friday it was on its way to a full day without requiring its coal plants to produce power. Britain plans to eliminate the energy source by 2025.
- Mar 13 201715 minutes
How to Become an International Gold Smuggler
HAROLD VILCHES, A 23-YEAR-OLD CHILEAN, EXPORTED $80 MILLION IN CONTRABAND GOLD. IT ALL STARTED WITH A GOOGLE SEARCH
- Apr 10 20173 minutes
Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology
The idea behind "clean coal" is technology that would capture for reuse most of the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Entrepreneurs aim to use the same tech to clean natural gas.
- Jan 9 20174 minutes
Obama in Science: The Renewable Revolution Will Outlast Trump
The president makes the case for his energy legacy in one of the nation’s preeminent scientific journals.
- Mar 6 201716 minutes
A Death in the Andes
Everyone in Bolivia knows who murdered Rodolfo Illanes. So why is his death such a mystery?
- Aug 1 201613 minutes
Glencore Digs Out of the Abyss
The commodities behemoth faced a crisis last year as prices of metals, grains, and petroleum products—as well as the company’s stock price—plummeted. A rare inside look at how the secretive Swiss giant survived and how it plans to thrive again in a post-boom world.
- Feb 21 20173 minutes
Should We Mine the Deep Ocean?
NOAA This hydrothermal vent emits jets of nutrient-rich fluids that eventually creates a mineral rich layer on the ocean floor. You’ve probably heard of peak oil—the point at which oil production reaches its maximum and begins to decline—but what abo
- Jun 6 20161 minute
Sweden’s northernmost city of Kiruna is moving two miles (3 km) east because iron mining has made the ground beneath it unstable. On May 17, the Swedish government released a documentary detailing progress of the move that began in 2014, sparking ren
- Nov 25 20163 minutes
The Fight Against Illegal Gold Mining In Colombia
A Colombian peace deal won’t stop the armed groups who pollute the jungle in search of gold.
- Mar 28 20176 minutes
The Giant Trump Climate Order Is Here
In the final days of the Obama administration, scholars and journalists took stock of all that he had done to combat the dangerous rise of climate change. Barack Obama, they pronounced, had built up a surprisingly vast array of climate-concerned rule
- Mar 28 20174 minutes
Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved
There's a lot of talk about how to revive small towns, especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. Visit Cairo, Ill., and at times it feels like a place on life support.
- Dec 20 201626 minutes
'The Filter ... Is Powerful': Obama on Race, Media, and What It Took to Win
In “My President Was Black,” The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates examined Barack Obama’s tenure in office, and his legacy. The story was built, in part, around a series of conversations he had with the president. This is a transcript of the first of thos
- Apr 22 20175 minutes
Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?
If legislators don’t act by the end of April, miners will lose their health-care benefits. They may soon lose their retirement benefits, too.