A worsening financial crisis for the nation’s biggest coal companies is sparking concerns that U.S. taxpayers could be stuck with hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in cleanup costs across a landscape of shuttered mines.
In his series “What Coal Left Behind,” photojournalist Matthew Busch looked to Europe — Walbrzych, Poland, specifically — to explore the human impact of harvesting fossil fuels, and the people involved either directly or indirectly in the practice.
The Obama administration has granted visas to two senior officials from Zimbabwe to attend a meeting of an international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diamonds, despite human rights concerns and financial sanctions against the pair.
Its capital is blighted with earthquake rubble. Its countryside is shorn of trees, chopped down for fuel. And yet, Haiti’s land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: There is gold hidden in its hills — and silver and copper, too.
Residents of a central Pennsylvania coal town decimated by a half-century-old mine fire have lost a state court appeal to try to prevent condemnation of their land, but the long-running case will continue in federal court.
Vale SA, Cia. Siderurgica Nacional SA and MMX Mineracao e Metalicos SA operations in southeastern Brazil may suffer output disruptions and transportation delays for a third year because of heavy rains.