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Lignite Power Source of the Past?

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October 17, 2013
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Lignite, or brown coal, is still an important source of energy in Germany. But criticism is getting louder. One of the country's largest open-pit mines is Garzweiler in North Rhine-Westphalia. A church in the area has just been closed, because the village of Immerath is soon to be dug under. But now resistance is forming and even the power companies seem to be rethinking the situation.


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Solar Power Helps Monitor Carbon Fuels

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Reuters (Jan. 2, 2014) — Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing technology that can harvest the power of motion, an energy source they say could one day produce enough clean, renewable electricity to power the planet. Ben Gruber reports.
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