The Chinese government recently announced that it will close down around 4,000 small coal mines annually, over the next three years. Zhao Tiechui, head of the state administration of Coal Mine Safety

• Army contractors halted operations at the Newport Chemical Depot, in western Indiana, as nearly 500 gallons of caustic wastewater containing hydrolysate, leaked into a sealed area at the facility. This plant is used for destroying Cold War era chemical weapon VX.

Indians from western Venezuela demanded a halt to coal mining in their region and called government efforts to formalize their ownership of ancestral lands a "fraud'. The protesters said three mines

But many believe closing over 7,000 coalmines would be futile

It is well known that 50-60% of power generated in India is from thermal power stations. These thermal power plants use coal as a fuel. The high ash content of these coals pose a serious problem to the environment. The flyash production rate is about 25 million tonne for every 5 year.

Economic concerns make the US promote unclean fuel

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A black countdown in West Bengal, India

The residents of La Sierra de Perija, in the oil producing state of Zulia in west Venezuela, recently launched a strong protest opposing coal mining in the area. The Bar

20,000 workers die in China s coal mines every year