A gas explosion in a coal mine in northern China has killed 15 miners and left another nine injured. Authorities are investigating the incident.
Over 1,000 environmental activists broke through police lines and blocked train tracks at three major coal mines in eastern Germany. Clashes were also reported between protesters and police.
Production of coal, oil and gas is set to outstrip carbon budgets required to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
The standoff at Hong Kong Polytechnic University was one of the most violent episodes in six months of protests. But the end of the siege saw activists vow to hold protests and strikes in the coming days.
Facing a lawsuit by prisoners over alleged health hazards, the US Bureau of Prisons has aborted a longstanding plan to build a jail on an abandoned coal mine. US activists are claiming a rare environmental victory.
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