December 2015 / January 2016

Developing Perspective

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West Virginia Communities Still at Risk Despite Idled Mines

West Virginia communities, including Naoma and Sundial are still dealing with problems related to mountaintop removal coal mining. Toxic coal slurry impoundments, increased blasting and diminished water quality are among the challenges facing such communities at risk.


Powering Up: Diversifying central Appalachia's economy

As coal production continues to decline, many citizens and groups in Central Appalachia are working hard to find new avenues for economic diversification.


Two New Children’s Books Share Tales of the Outdoors and Activism

Two new children's books are set in Appalachia. "Saving Annie's Mountain" is a picture book about mountaintop coal removal, and "The Adventures of Bubba Jones" is a chapter book about kids exploring nature in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Faced with Threats to Nolichucky River, Residents Unite

Concerned citizens have joined together to monitor the Nolichucky River in East Tennessee for pollution that could result from a new industrial pipeline. Though the water is still at risk, opposition to the pipeline has spurred community engagement.

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