Europe’s use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, and the expansion of lignite, or brown coal, mining has stunned some people in its path.
Jan. 29, 2013 A bucket-wheel excavator operates at the open-cast lignite, or brown coal, mine in Jaenschwalde, Germany. The mine is run by the Swedish company Vattenfall. In Germany, which by some measures is pursuing the most wide-ranging green goals of any major industrialized country, a 2011 decision to shutter nuclear power plants means that domestically produced lignite is filling the gap. Adam Berry Buy Photo