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The worst was yet to come - ludicrous air pollution in Romanian village

Levels of particulate matter (fine dust) in Rosia de Jiu, Romania were up to 20 times above the limit suggested by the World Health Organisation, show the results of our independent monitoring.


Serbian mining company ignores desperate calls for compensation while Kolubara mine is reaching family houses

Life is a living hell for families in Vreoci, Serbia, where lignite excavators have almost reached their houses. As the mine’s financier, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development must not allow Serbian state utility EPS to create a fait accompli that leaves locals with scraps and without home.


Mongolia's energy sector: time for a rethink

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This report is meant as a background document for civil society in Mongolia and international groups to advocate for increased transparency and participation in priority energy projects; improved forecasts of power demand and alternatives for the sustainable development of the energy sector to benefit people and the environment and meet Mongolia’s commitments towards climate change mitigation; and an increased share of renewable energy in the Mongolian energy mix along with removing fiscal and financial barriers for renewable projects.

Making the coal phase out fair for workers - unions, companies and environmentalists discuss just transition in Romania

A Romanian coal mining region is writing history today as representatives from unions, the coal industry and environmental organisations are coming together for the first time to discuss their communities’ future – with a common goal in mind.



The great coal jobs fraud - unrealistic employment claims in southeast Europe

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This report reveals how and why promises for new jobs in south-east Europe’s coal sector are exaggerated. Hardly any coal operations across the region are economically viable, and as a result many coal workers, especially in the mines, are set to lose their jobs, even if the plans for countless new power plants materialise. Governments, coal workers and their wider communities need to work together towards a just transition.

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Infographic: The great coal jobs fraud

Promises for new jobs in south-east Europe’s coal sector are exaggerated. Hardly any coal operations across the region are economically viable, and as a result many coal workers, especially in the mines, are set to lose their jobs, even if the plans for countless new power plants materialise. This infographic shows labour productivity in mines across the region and compares them with those of other countries.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
41° 7' 1.6428" N, 16° 52' 19.1136" E
Macedonia
41° 36' 31.086" N, 21° 44' 42.99" E
Montenegro
42° 42' 31.2408" N, 19° 22' 27.804" E
Serbia
30° 2' 4.6752" S, 51° 13' 3.7164" W
Romania
45° 56' 35.3796" N, 24° 58' 0.336" E
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Chinese investors
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Export credit agencies
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World Bank Group
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Energy & climate

EU-Geld für schmutziges Gold

Source: Heike Holdinghausen, taz.de

Die Kumtor-Mine verseucht das Land. Die Europäische Entwicklungsbank ist daran beteiligt. Das könnte Merkel in Kirgistan ansprechen.

BERLIN taz | Noch nie war ein deutscher Regierungschef in der kirgisischen Hauptstadt Bisch­kek, insofern betritt Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) auf ihrer Reise Neuland.

Campaign update: environmental and health impacts of Serbian planned coal power plant Kostolac B3 discussed in court hearing

The possible cancellation of the Serbian government’s decision to construct a new 350 MW unit at the Kostolac B lignite power plant was discussed on June 23 at the national administrative court of Serbia.


Household survey in Drmno shows negative impacts of Kostolac B3 project, Drmno mine

This sociological survey included 162 (or 65.9%) of the registered 246 households in Drmno, Serbia. It illustrates the bleak reality in the village where a large majority of households have health problems, cracks in houses and other negative impacts from the nearby lignite power plant and mine.

The document is only available in Serbian. See also Bankwatch member CEKOR's website [sr] for information on the survey.

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