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Steam rises from the Neurath coal-fired power plant operated by German utility RWE, which stands near open-pit coal mines that feed it with coal, on Nov. 13, near Bergheim, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany Is a Coal-Burning, Gas-Guzzling Climate Change Hypocrite

Angela Merkel hasn’t come close to earning her reputation for leadership on climate change.

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Even China-Backed Development Bank Won’t Touch Coal Projects

The World Bank rival says it will only fund environmentally-friendly projects.

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While Trump Tries to Turn Back the Clock, Europe Swears Off Coal

There's a thick black cloud swirling over King Coal's future.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump signs H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the US Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The Department of Interior's Stream Protection Rule, which was signed during the final month of the Obama administration, "addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites," according to the Congress.gov summary of the resolution. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

American Coal Can Fuel Friendship With China

How Trump's favorite fossil fuel can help make North Korea sanctions great again.

Surrounded by miners from Rosebud Mining, US President Donald Trump (C) applauds after signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017.
President Donald Trump claimed an end to the "war on coal" Tuesday, as he moved to roll back climate protections enacted by predecessor Barack Obama. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Paris Climate Agreement Dead?

Trump’s new enviro-rollback seeks to undermine the landmark accord, but an America First energy plan might not mean pulling out entirely.

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King Coal Is Losing His Throne

Peabody Energy joins a growing list of coal miners who are going broke thanks to a perfect storm of cheap natural gas, the slowdown in China, and tougher environmental rules.

Coal miners finish the final shift before closure at the Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire, northern England, on December 18, 2015. The shutdown of the mine in Yorkshire in northern England closes a 200-year chapter of Britain's industrial history. AFP PHOTO / POOL / NIGEL RODDIS / AFP / POOL / NIGEL RODDIS        (Photo credit should read NIGEL RODDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Final Lump of Coal in Britain’s Stocking

The closure of the last deep pit mine in the United Kingdom marks the end of an industry that built an empire.

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Modi’s Coal Conundrum

Can India avoid repeating China’s dirty-energy mistakes?

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The End of Coal*

As the world finalizes a plan in Paris to fight climate change, the future of coal is looking grim. *But it might be a long slow death.

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The View From Beijing’s Smog ‘Red Alert’

What does it look like inside China's pollution emergency?

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This Map Shows Why Obama’s Green Push May be Too Late

The Obama administration just unveiled its most ambitious steps yet to curb greenhouse gas emissions and leave a green legacy for the Obama White House.

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China’s Green Revolution

China has been the world’s worst environmental offender for years. That could change a lot sooner than expected.

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Japan Bets on Nuclear, and Coal, for Future Power

Four years after Fukushima, Tokyo is angling to get nuclear reactors back online. But dirty old coal will be doing the real heavy lifting.

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Britain Launches European Rush to Join AIIB. Now What?

China continues to expand its influence through the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Dirty Pretty Rock

Coal is trashing the environment, but also lifting people from poverty. Like it or not, the fuel isn’t budging from the world’s energy mix.

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