Chasing clouds

Review: This character-rich tale is deep with history, context and lessons for environmental battles elsewhere.

Nanticoke Generating Plant was one of Canada's highest emitters of green house gases until it was shutdown at the end of 2013

Ontario shuns coal; will other provinces follow?

At the beginning of this year, Ontario — Canada’s most populous province — became the first jurisdiction in North America to ban coal-fired energy production, shutting down all such plants in the province.

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Great Lakes states have some of the most coal plants bad for minority health


Illinois has the most coal plants in the nation that disproportionately threaten the health of poor people and minority communities, according to a recent report by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The state had nine plants that received a failing grade from the organization. Indiana and Michigan had the second most plants, with five each, that failed the organization’s test. “Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio – are home to 32 percent of the failing coal-fired power plants in the U.S.,” said the report. “In addition, eight of the 12 worst offending coal plants are located in communities in these states.”

People living near coal plants are more likely to be minorities and poor, so they are more often exposed to pollutants that damage their health, said the Daily Climate, a news service run by the non-profit Environmental Health Sciences.

The S.S. Badger  photo by Royalbroil (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Using coal to deliver wind power


The Ludington Daily News reports that the S.S. Badger carferry is expanding its operating season until Nov. 2 to transport wind tower parts. That means the Badger will be moving parts for building clean alternative energy while under steam provided by a power plant criticized for polluting Lake Michigan. The vessel is the last operational coal-fired steamship. It travels between Ludington Mich., and Manitowoc Wis., and is  under fire for dumping coal ash into the lake.

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New multimedia report shows Chicago-Wyoming coal connection

Chicago teen Luis Vega organized a march to protest pollution from the Fisk Generation Station.

His story is part of a multi-media report documenting the impact of the nation’s dependency on coal power.

The report also shows how states swap air pollution and the connection between Wyoming’s coal mines and Chicago’s citizens.