10 August 1842: Mines Act bans women and children from working underground
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10 August 1842: Mines Act bans women and children from working underground

The Mines and Collieries Act was passed on this day in 1842, forbidding any female, and any child below the age of ten, from working underground in th…
10 Aug 2020
23 July 1952: European Coal and Steel Community is born
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23 July 1952: European Coal and Steel Community is born

Forebear of the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community came into being in 1952 following the Treaty of Paris.
23 Jul 2020
Turkey is just the canary in the coal mine
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Economy

Turkey is just the canary in the coal mine

Turkey's President Erdogan is pointing fingers for the collapse of the lira. But Turkey was never a target, says John Stepek. Rather, it is a victim o…
13 Aug 2018
Will Brexit make it harder to keep the lights on in Britain?
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Economy

Will Brexit make it harder to keep the lights on in Britain?

Matthew Partridge talks to energy consultant Clive Moffatt to find out how EU membership has affected the UK’s energy policy, and how Brexit is likely…
20 Mar 2018
Commodities make a comeback
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Commodities make a comeback

Raw-materials prices rose sharply in 2017 – and they have made a strong start to 2018, too.
12 Jan 2018
The energy revolution is hitting a tipping point
Energy

The energy revolution is hitting a tipping point

There is a huge shift going on in the energy markets, with the decline of coal mirrored by the stunning rise of renewable energy. Here's what it means…
13 Jun 2016
Algy Cluff: the North Sea oil pioneer on securing Britain’s energy future
Commodities

Algy Cluff: the North Sea oil pioneer on securing Britain’s energy future

In part one of an exclusive interview, legendary resources entrepreneur Algy Cluff talks about his new venture – underground coal gasification – and h…
15 Jan 2015

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The death of King Coal
Commodities

The death of King Coal

The UK coal industry once employed 1.2 million people. Now, two of the last three underground mines are about to close. What went wrong? Matthew Partr…
14 Apr 2014
This technology could be the next ‘fracking’ – here’s how to invest
Commodities

This technology could be the next ‘fracking’ – here’s how to invest

New technology could unlock enough energy from the North Sea to fuel Europe for centuries. Matthew Partridge explains what it is, how it works – and h…
25 Feb 2014
The return of old King Coal
Energy

The return of old King Coal

The world is turning against nuclear, so where can it go for its energy needs? The only real answer is coal, says James McKeigue.
11 May 2012
How to profit from the coal glut
Commodities

How to profit from the coal glut

Demand for coal is tumbling as producers exploit new reserves of natural gas. That's bad news for coal miners, but opens plenty of opportunities for i…
13 Mar 2012
This 600bn-tonne discovery has the makings of a remarkable story
Energy

This 600bn-tonne discovery has the makings of a remarkable story

Tom Bulford looks at a process for exploiting prevously uneconomic coal reserves. Potentially one of the most exciting energy stories of the next few …
6 Dec 2011
Why coal is the fuel of the future
Energy

Why coal is the fuel of the future

For all the talk of renewable energy, coal remains one of the main fuels powering the global economy. In fact, it's impossible to picture a future tha…
13 Jan 2011
Coal: the next great commodity story
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Coal: the next great commodity story

Coal never gets quite as much attention as oil, but Tom Bulford thinks it could make many a fortune in the next few years. Here, he explains why, and …
16 Jun 2010
Profit from coal's rebound
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Profit from coal's rebound

Demand for coal has slumped recently, with prices down sharply. But things are not as bad as they look, and there are good reasons to believe that coa…
29 May 2009
Why coal could soon be back in fashion
Energy

Why coal could soon be back in fashion

Coal is out of fashion right now. But Tom Bulford thinks there will be a revival in coal's fortunes. Here, he explains why - and why it could be a goo…
20 Mar 2009
Is clean coal the answer to our energy needs?
Energy

Is clean coal the answer to our energy needs?

As oil has become expensive, coal remains abundant and cheap. But something must be done to make it cleaner. So how far away are we from a solution,&n…
8 Aug 2008
Never mind gold - invest in record-breaking coal
Commodities

Never mind gold - invest in record-breaking coal

You may not have noticed due to all the glare from record-breaking precious metals, but dull old coal has hit new highs recently too. Can its winning …
7 Feb 2008
Four stocks to benefit from the soaring cost of coal
Economy

Four stocks to benefit from the soaring cost of coal

With almost two-thirds of Asia's power plants running on coal and new plants being fired up every other day, coal stocks are hot property. We pick som…
18 Sep 2007
Why the world still needs coal
Commodities

Why the world still needs coal

When it comes to energy, oil hogs the headlines. Yet the world is also heavily reliant on coal, and coal stocks may be worth a look.
27 Jul 2007
The return of King Coal
Commodities

The return of King Coal

It's largely viewed as a relic of the 1980s in the UK. But soaring oil and gas prices mean that coal is making a comeback - and now it's cleaning up i…
11 Sep 2006
Could coal replace oil?
Commodities

Could coal replace oil?

Peak Oil is hitting headlines across the globe. But a well-established technology could allow the US to increase its equivalent oil reserves by more t…
5 Jun 2006