Mercury enters rice through local industrial activities and through burning coal.
Study finds that coal pollution in China is leading to people getting significant levels of mercury poisoning from rice.
Coal miner photographed on the job near Richlands, Virginia, in 1974.
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In the abstract, this near-mythic figure represents bravery, hard work and manliness.
Josh Frydenberg met with state energy ministers in Melbourne the latest round of discussions over the National Energy Guarantee.
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The federal government is confident that states will sign up to the National Energy Guarantee, with a final decision now timetabled for August.
The Loy Yang station will be the site of a new hydrogen fuel project.
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AGL has announced plans to use coal to make hydrogen fuel at its Loy Yang A station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. Wait, isn't coal made of carbon, not hydrogen? Yes, but here's how the process works.
AGL has promised to replace the power generated by Liddell with a mix of other sources.
Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing the prospect of the benchmark 30-straight Newspoll losses next week.
Another tumultuous week in politics saw the appearance of the "Monash Forum", more speculation about the 30th Newspoll and the Greens proposing a people's bank.
Tony Abbott will be cycling through the Latrobe valley when the 30th Newspoll is released on Monday.
Many among the public will discount Abbott's activities as just his usual trouble-making. The noise, however, reinforces the general impression of a fractured government.
Backbenchers Craig Kelly and Tony Abbott are leading members of the new ‘Monash Forum’.
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The new pro-coal ‘Monash Forum’ follows in a rich political tradition of think tanks and pressure groups, all with names calculated to lend themselves maximum gravitas and a large dose of obfuscation.
Barnaby Joyce said the government building a coal-fired power station would be consistent with its existing policies.
Barnaby Joyce says he would be '100%' behind the government constructing coal-fired power stations if that would lower the price of electricity.
Fracking wellpad in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, within state forest lands (2012).
Shale gas exploitation in the US has helped cut is greenhouse gas emissions by 11%. A study explores what would happen if this were expanded globally, and the findings challenge conventional wisdom.
Reconstruction of a Permian swamp.
Plants, in their fossil forms, can reveal a great deal about past environments and climates.
After a long run of devastating typhoons, one country is holding the world's biggest corporations to account on climate change.
Coal miner Scott Tiller works next to a drill in an underground coal mine roughly 40 inches high in Welch, West Virginia.
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A recent study found the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever recorded among coal miners in central Appalachia. Two doctors who treat black lung patients explain how miners contract it.
The European Investment Bank's funding of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline will harm the climate and makes little financial sense.
A drying climate caused a mass extinction among plants, but paved the way for the ancestors of modern reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Wind turbines are seen at Pincher Creek, Alta.
Critical thinking is of paramount importance, especially as it applies to research on the internet -- and to our energy future. Educators have a duty to ensure students avoid fake news on energy.
Marine One arrives in the Alps.
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The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
Emmanuel Macron, president of France, gestures during a special address in Davos, Switzerland.
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The French president said he would eliminate all coal-fired plants in his country by 2021, while his US counterpart is pushing policies intended to make them more profitable. Either way, the laws of economics will win.
Moving towards a brighter future?
Research shows how water pumped from coal mines could revolutionise how we heat homes.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Its plan to stop lending money for oil and gas projects embraces the spirit of the Paris agreement at a time when the U.S. is going in a different direction.