West Virginia suffers its worst coal mining accident since 1984, with 25 dead and 4 others missing.Vodpod videos no longer available. Vodpod videos no longer available.
If you haven’t read Jeff Goodell’s Big Coal (review here), I can’t recommend it enough. Goodell has an undeniable fondness for the miners and their families that he began covering in the context of mountaintop removal mining, though he remains clearly focused on coal’s environmental impacts on regional as well as global scales.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Meanwhile, a Chinese coal ship has run aground on Douglas Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef. And as the article is quick to point out, the ship’s cargo of coal is far more of a threat to the Reef than the damage it does as a local spill.
[UPDATE: I’d also recommend Coal Tattoo, Ken Ward, Jr.’s fantastic blog at the Charleston Gazette. And if you want to read up on why the posturing from coal CEO’s about taking care of West Virginians and protecting their way of life from teh ebil carbon regulation is so cynical and disgusting, take minute to read this.]