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December 25, 2018

Indonesia battered by devastating quakes and tsunamis. Sitting on the geologically active Pacific 'Ring of Fire', the vast archipelago is frequently hit natural disasters. A tsunami has killed more than 370 people and injured hundreds on the shorelines of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia, the latest disaster to hit the vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and home to 260 million people. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, said another tsunami was a possibility because of the continued volcanic eruptions of Anak Krakatau.

December 21, 2018

End of an era as Germany's last black coal mine closes. Germany will close its last black coal mine on Friday, turning the page on two centuries of mining history in the Ruhr region that helped fuel the country's post-war "economic miracle". Although the end of the Prosper-Haniel colliery near the western town of Bottrop comes as polluting coal is increasingly under scrutiny, it was cheaper hard coal from abroad, not environmental concerns, that sounded the mine's death knell.

December 9, 2018

One of the energy sources, which can replace the exhaustible resources of oil, natural gas, coal, uranium is right under our feet – the hot dry rock (HDR) is an abundant source of geothermal energy available for use. People learned how to mine it back in early 1960s, but further works on experimental petro-thermal stations are not moving.

Progress is hampered not only by the high cost of projects and technological difficulties, but also by negative public opinion.

December 6, 2018

Host of COP24 conference wins shameful Fossil of the Day Award. The COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, in the heart of Poland's coal country, got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday. For whatever reason, the Polish government decked the halls of its exhibition center with piles of coal

December 5, 2018

First sun-dimming experiment will test a way to cool Earth. Researchers plan to spray sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere, an approach that could ultimately be used to quickly lower the planet’s temperature.

December 4, 2018

Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

"This dramatic increase from trends in the last decade will boost the likelihood of deforestation in protected areas in the upcoming year," said study co-author Laura C. Schneider, an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

December 2, 2018

The district court of the Slovakian town Prievizda issued a resolution to arrest 12 activists of Greenpeace international environmental organisation, who had been retained earlier during their anti-government protest in the territory of the coal shaft in Novaki town. On Wednesday 28 of November, the Greenpeace activists climbed up to the shaft headgear and spread a placade that had a slogan against coal mining in the territory of Slovakia.

November 22, 2018

Geographers have created a new world map showing dramatic changes in land use over the last quarter century. Researchers turned high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency into one of the most detailed looks so far at how people are reshaping the planet. A powerful new map by the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States.

November 20, 2018

A new study published in Nature Climate Change provides one of the most comprehensive assessments yet of how humanity is being impacted by the simultaneou

November 19, 2018

A Brazilian court has ordered Vale (NYSE:VALE) to pay two indigenous tribes $26.8 million over river contamination and public health-related issues caused by the company’s nickel-extracting operations in the northern state of Pará

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