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Coal Ash Conundrum

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens when 39,000 tons of coal ash spill into a river?

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From Coal to Canvas:  An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

From Coal to Canvas: An Artist Turns Toxic Runoff into Palette-Worthy Paints

In this video from QUEST Ohio, discover how an artist is repurposing runoff from coalmines to create a variety of rich paint pigments—and draw attention to the state’s polluted waterways.

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Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Scientists and researchers are turning to new and innovative online funding methods to pay for their projects. And the public is buying in.

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Black Diamond Regional Mines Preserve Reopens Visitor Center

Black Diamond Regional Mines Preserve Reopens Visitor Center

With the reopening of its underground Greathouse Portal Visitor Center, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is ready when you are.

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The View from Coal Country in the Age of Green

The View from Coal Country in the Age of Green

Coal produces nearly half the electricity in the U.S., but the mercury, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide it emits also makes it one of the most controversial energy sources. For many environmental activists, coal represents an old, dirty source of power, but for coal-mining communities around the country, the story is different.

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Mercury Rises on Coal Costs

Mercury Rises on Coal Costs

Half of the airborne mercury pollution in the US comes from coal-fired power plants. After years of study and debate, the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to announce new limits on mercury from coal plants in November. Meanwhile, utilities are scrambling to meet other new federal regulations and industry groups are asking the government to slow down.

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As Renewables Boom, California Struggles to Quit Coal

As Renewables Boom, California Struggles to Quit Coal

California is known for its "green" reputation, so it might be a surprise that residents in Southern California still depend on coal power when they turn on the lights.

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When the Sun Don't Shine and the Wind Don't Blow

When the Sun Don't Shine and the Wind Don't Blow

In a world energy landscape dominated by coal, gas, oil, and nuclear, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar don't stand a chance if we can't find a way to store energy when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow.

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Producer's Notes – Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Producer's Notes – Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Last summer I visited the Netherlands, the original home of the windmill. Surprisingly, I saw hardly any of the quaint structures we associate with Dutch wind power. One hundred years ago Holland had about 10,000 wooden windmills dotting its landscape. Today, barely 10% remain.

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Plant a Tree, Invent the Future

Plant a Tree, Invent the Future

We planted several young trees at our home in October. I feel good that those new trees are sucking carbon out of the air as we speak. But a recent talk at Berkeley Labs, where Home Energy's offices are located, made me think much bigger.

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