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Burning coal indoors linked to birth defects

By Eric Schultz NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents who inhale coal smoke at home may put their babies at increased risk of birth defects, Chinese researchers say. Zhiwen Li and colleagues at the Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing found

Carbon capture and storage: still not an option

Eliminating carbon from power plant emissions is cost-prohibitive and environmentally counterproductive Jeffrey H. Michel Editor’s note: This is an important update on our previous assessment [1] Carbon Capture and Storage A False Solution (SiS 39) A

China Hit by Two Coal Mine Disasters

Heavy flooding in China has led to two separate coal mine accidents, which killed three people and trapped more than 40 on Saturday. In the first accident, heavy rains caused part of a coal mine in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to cave in, killing

India mineral output slumps 14.5% in April

The Economic Times reports Indian mineral production declined 14.52 percent in April compared to the preceding month due to sharp drop in the output of coal, bauxite and copper, official data showed Monday. Coal production slumped 32.81 percent at 407 lakh tonnes and production of bauxite fell 18.23 percent at 1,041 thousand tonnes in the reporting month, according to data released by the ministry of mines.

US study says sulfur from China's coal-burning caused slight pause in global warming

Scientists have come up with a possible explanation for why the rise in Earth's temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s, one of the hottest decades on record. The answer seems counterintuitive. It's all that sulfur pollution in the air from China's massive coal-burning, according to a new study.

Vale increases coal production at Mozambique mine

Vale has increased its initial coal production target at the Moatize mine in Mozambique by 76% and is planning to quadruple that result in 2012. Vale sales manager Marcelo Matos said Moatize mine is expected to produce 1.5Mt of coal in 2011.

China's imminent collision with peak coal

World coal production is dominated by China. China's coal production is projected to peak in 2027 with a peak production level of 5.1 billion tons. World (excluding China)'s coal production is projected to peak in 2027 with a peak production level of 4.1 billion tons.

China approves penalties on those responsible for coal mine accident

The State Council, China's Cabinet, has approved the arrest of two senior executives responsible for a gas leak that killed 37 people in Yuzhou of central Henan Province in October 2010.

Peabody, China and Russia teams chosen for massive Mongolian coking coal mine

Mongolia chose U.S. miner Peabody Energy , a venture between China's Shenhua and Japan's Mitsui & Co, and a Russian-led consortium as preliminary winners to jointly develop the prized Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit, a senior government source said on Monday. The project, which may require initial investment of more than $7 billion, is seen as vital to kick-start the land-locked nation's economy. It will also generate billions of dollars in revenue for the companies involved and add tens of millions of tonnes of increasingly rare coking coal used by steel makers.

Rescuers rush to reach 42 trapped in Chinese mines

A buildup of volatile gas hampered rescue efforts in one Chinese coal mine and water continued to pour into another as emergency crews raced to reach 42 people trapped yesterday for a second day, officials and state media reports said. The accidents — a cave-in at one mine and a flood at the other — occurred on Saturday in two southern provinces after days of heavy rains.

No power to close Cebu coal plant

(Source: Sun Star Daily) Entertainment THE bank that financed the controversial coal-fired power plant in Naga City, Cebu said it has no power to padlock the facility if owners fail to conform with environmental and safety considerations. Bruce Purdue,

MMTC drops proposal to buy overseas coal mines

New Delhi : In a major consolidation exercise, state-owned trader MMTC Ltd has dropped plans of buying overseas coal mines, commercial farming in Africa and generating electricity locally. The company would instead concentrate on its core businesses such

Ms Bligh seeks to build on exemptions for coal seam sector

It is reported that Queensland is attempting to quarantine its boom coal-seam gas industry from the Gillard government's carbon tax after successfully gaining an exemption from the mineral resources rent tax. The Bligh government is arguing for further

China top power firms keep racking up loss on thermal power – CEC

Reuters quoted the China Electricity Council said China top five major state-owned power generating groups continued to rack up losses on their thermal power business in May despite the government raising power prices in April. The council said mainly

Australia climate change economist strikes out at coal claims

It is reported that Ms Gillard government climate change adviser Mr Ross Garnaut has defended his attack on the coal sector aggressive opposition to a carbon tax, calling research by the industry to fight the policy as professionally wrong. Professor

Continental Coal snares improved bank funding terms for Penumbra Mine development

Continental Coal has received a further offer of financing that could potentially allow the development of the Penumbra Mine to be completed in a more capital efficient manner. The new offer of finance offering more attractive terms for the company has

Indian coke industry hopeful of riding steel boom

IBNS cited Mr Ganesan Natarajan Encore Coke Ltd President as saying that the merchant coke sector in eastern India is hopeful of riding the boom of steel production in the near future. He said steel industries in India are largely dependant upon blast

BHP eyes second share buyback

BHP Billiton could be set to announce another share buyback, after the successful completion of its $US10 billion ($9.3bn) capital management program. UBS analyst Glyn Lawcock said a renewed capital management plan from the diversified miner was imminent and he was expecting BHP to announce another buyback at its half-year results on August 24.

80 pct of power plants at risk of default over coal, env issues

Warning that 80 per cent of the country's power plants face the risk of a default due to coal shortages and environmental issues, a body of power producers has petitioned the government for an expert group to review contracts awarded under through the competitive bidding route.

Push to can coal puts 200,000 jobs at risk

The Greens' push to shut down the coal industry could severely undermine the nation's economy and sacrifice 200,000 jobs, new economic modelling warns. As the party takes to Federal Parliament today with unprecedented numbers and wielding the balance of power in the Senate, fresh research finds that leader Bob Brown's policy to phase out coal mining would slash GDP by up to $36 billion a year.

Two coal mine disasters kill 3, trap 40 in China

Rescuers were racing against time on Saturday to reach 40 miners buried underground in two separate coal mine disasters which have already killed three people in south China. Work crew operated at least 17 pumps at Niupeng Mine in rural Guizhou Province to release water from the flooded mine before rescuers could be sent down the pit.

Canadian mining sector has a great April: Statistics Canada

Canadian base metal and coal miners were the nation's economic bright spot in April, according to report from Statistics Canada released on Thursday. The study, which looked at gross domestic product by industry, found that mining grew strongly while the rest of the economy was mostly flat.

Mining strips quality of life

TROY ROWLING IT WAS the first time Ken and Aileen Harrison (pictured) had experienced the "hospitality" of the mining industry. About a decade ago, a vehicle of coal workers drove through the front gate of the couple's farm, past the shearing shed the

Mexico silver production to up 15 pct and gold production rises 18 pct

Mexican mining production rose 22% in April from the year-ago month, led by a big jump in output of copper, the National Statistics Institute, or Inegi, said Thursday. Copper production rose 77% to 32,324 metric tons.

Mongolian concentrate coal exported to European market

Written by G.Ulziisaikhan This month mine explorers “Energy Resources” operating in Ukhaakhudag providence successfully transported their first coking coal pilot shipment to Europe. Produced in Umnugobi providence it is first transported to Choir,