Dirty Coal Tour Dates

colom-3The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, is holding its AGM in London on Thursday 23 October. London Mining Network (LMN) is working with LMN member groups Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Coal Action Network, Coal Action Scotland, War on Want and WDM, and with People and Planet and Fossil Free Universities groups, to host representatives of Colombian communities affected by the company’s part-owned Cerrejon coal mine.
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Undermining Agriculture – The Gaia Foundation

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This report explains how the Extractive Industries Threaten our Food Systems, exposes the hidden costs of mining on food, water, land, air and climate, showing how each is increasingly affected by toxins as the global land and water grab intensifies. Produced by The Gaia Foundation and global allies, the report calls the alert on a grave threat which has been largely ignored.

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South African Coal and Health

SasolMarchPlantThe Guardian have published an interesting article into the enormous problems caused by coal in Mpumalanga, South Africa. What it fails to mention is that 10 of the 22+ mines are owned by London listed company Anglo- American, with others are owned by British listed BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata. Whilst the lower quality coal mined in this area supply the South African coal fired power station in this area, the higher quality coal is predominantly exported, mainly to Germany and The Netherlands, but also to Britain when it suits British power stations. We power our homes whilst others live without electricity next to burning sink holes where underground fires produce toxic gasses which are not even fenced off.
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Success Against North East Mine

Well done to all those who fought UK Coal in their application to extract more than 1 million tonnes of coal and 175,000 tonnes of fireclay from a site at Marley Hill which straddles both Gateshead and Co. Durham.
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