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Germany's Black Gold Threatens Villages
Brandenburg
By Isabell Zipfel
03 Jun 2014

Despite Germany’s reputation as an environmentally conscious nation, the country has been quietly ramping up its production of brown coal in recent years. As mining companies buy up land and dig vast open-pit mines, natural areas are being desecrated and inhabitants of nearby villages are being forced from their homes. Now, residents in nine villages in the eastern state of Brandenburg fear for the future of their homes, as the very land their houses are built on is being bought-up by Swedish mining company Vattenfall.

Brown coal is considered by many to be the black gold of the 21st century. After oil, coal is the world’s most important energy source, which makes mining it a highly lucrative business. Germany is the biggest brown coal producer in world, far ahead of China and the United States. In 2013, they produced over 162 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from brown coal. Currently, Germany’s coal production is at a 25-year high and shows no sign of slowing down. Some coal industry experts are even calling the recent surge in production a “brown coal renaissance”.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary of Tsunami
Fukushima, Japan
By U.S. Editor
11 Mar 2013

March 11, 2013, memorial services were held for the two-year anniversary of 3.11 across northern Japan. Two years after 3.11, some things have changed but many problems remain in disaster areas. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that caused an serious accident is still in hazardous condition. People who used to live in No-Go-Zone have not been able to go back to their hometowns. The decontamination plan for a huge contaminated area by radiation is late. Also, home rebuilding efforts are slow. However, in such severe situation, the people do not forget to pray for the victims of 3.11.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

An old women who lost six relatives in the tsunami prays for them in front of a grave on the second anniversary day of 3.11. Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A flower someone offered at a shore where the tsunami came from.
Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

The mayor of Namie town, Baba prays for the victims of the tsunami in Namie town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where Namie temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to return to their hometown because Namie town is still appointed as a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

People pray for the victims of the tsunami in Namie town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where Namie temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to return to their hometown because Namie town is still appointed as a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

People pray for the victims of the tsunami in Namie town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where the Namie temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to return to their hometown because Namie town is still appointed as a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Staff of the Namie fire department who still search for victims of the tsunami attend Namie town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where the Namie temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to return to their hometown because Namie town is still appointed as a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Fukushima, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A girl who lost her friend to the tsunami reads a message of condolence in Namie-town's memorial service in Nihonmatsu where Namie's temporary city hall is. People who used to live in Namie have not been able to come back to their hometown because the town is still designated a No-Go Zone.
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A house that was destroyed by the tsunami. Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Piled up cars which were destroyed by the tsunami.

Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A car that was destroyed by the tsunami. Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

School bags which were raised from the sea gathered in a gym of Yuriage elementary school.

Yuriage, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Clothes which ware raised from the sea gathered in a gym of Yuriage elementary school.

Yuriage, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Things which ware raised from the sea gathered in a gym of Yuriage elementary school.

Yuriage, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

People pray for the victims of the tsunami in front of a memorial on the second anniversary day of 3.11.
Wakabayashi, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

The sea where the tsunami came from. Wakabayashi, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Monks pray for the victims of the tsunami at a shore where the tsunami came from on the second anniversary day of 3.11.
Wakabayashi, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

Monks pray for the victims of the tsunami at a shore where the tsunami came from on the second anniversary day of 3.11.
Wakabayashi, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A Buddha-shaped memorial for 3.11, the anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima. Wakabayashi, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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No Nukes
Taipei, Taiwan
By CraigFergusonImages
10 Mar 2013

A Buddhist monk carries a No Nukes sign.

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Anti-nuclear protest.
Taipei, Taiwan
By CraigFergusonImages
10 Mar 2013

Pastors from Taiwan's Presbyterian Church have long been politically active. They are protesting nuclear power in Taipei.

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Anti-nuclear protest
Taipei, Taiwan
By CraigFergusonImages
10 Mar 2013

A man carries a sign showing the locations of northern Taiwan's three nuclear plants and their respective distance to Greater Taipei and its 7 million people.

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NO NUKES
Taipei, Taiwan
By U.S. Editor
09 Mar 2013

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taipei in an anti-nuclear protest. Timed to coincide with the second anniversary of Japan's Fukushima disaster, the rally called for a halt to the fourth nuclear plant currently under construction, as well as the shutdown of the three operating plants. The rally came just days after the government announced that a referendum would be held over halting construction on the fourth power plant.