View from the coal face

Posted by Fran G — 23 September 2014 at 3:18pm - Comments
Greenpeace activist on top of a coal train with power station in the background
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Activist on the coal train

I can see the giant towers of the Cottam coal power plant looming on the horizon from my perch on top of a heap of coal, in the carriage of a coal supply train.

People vs coal

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 23 September 2014 at 2:39pm - Comments
Activist with a bag of coal from the train, with address label to Vladimir Putin
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Coal ready to be returned to sender

BREAKING: More than 50 people have stopped a train carrying coal to Cottam power station and are now unloading its climate-wrecking cargo. The train, transporting around 1,500 tonnes of coal to be burned in the power station’s furnaces, was flagged down safely this afternoon as it approached the power station.

John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director and Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress, from the People’s Climate March London

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21 September, 2014

John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, is at the People’s Climate March today, alongside Oscar-winning actress, screenwriter and author Emma Thompson.

The Mahan Story — It Takes a Village

Posted by Greenpeace UK — 26 August 2014 at 5:07pm - Comments
Local people from Mahan, India, protest against a proposed coal mine.
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Local people in Mahan, central India, come together to oppose mining in their forests.

In the village it is pitch dark by 7.30 pm. At the designated spot for the meeting, there are about 15 or 20 villagers holding solar lanterns. The meeting lasts over two hours and throughout that time, people keep coming and joining the conversation. Halfway into the meeting, I turn around to steal a quick look at the crowd and I am surprised at how large the group has become! It’s about a 100 people sitting, standing, leaning against their houses and trees, listening intently and waiting for their turn to speak.

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Giant coal mine at source of Yellow River exposed

Last edited 7 August 2014 at 10:32am
7 August, 2014

Beijing, August 7, 2014: The existence of a giant coal mine illegally encroaching on a nature reserve at the source of the iconic Yellow River, China’s second longest, has been brought to light by a Greenpeace investigation published by Energydesk today.

The sprawling mining operation, covering an area 14 times the size of the City of London at an altitude of over 4,000m, has been documented in detail for the first time in a series of striking pictures taken by undercover campaigners from Greenpeace’s Beijing office. The industrial site spans an entire coal industry chain, from huge opencast mines to the highest coking plant in the world.

Government forced to shut billion-pound loophole for old coal - Greenpeace

Last edited 1 August 2014 at 3:29pm
1 August, 2014

The government was forced today to pledge to close a loophole in a power sector subsidy scheme that could allow billions of bill payers’ money to go to polluting old coal plants, Greenpeace can announce today.

In a statement issued earlier today the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it plans to amend the latest draft of the capacity market rules to ensure existing coal plants are excluded from lucrative 15-year contracts potentially worth billions of pounds. [1]

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