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A list of top coal mines gives some perspective about how things are going for fossil fuel.

"No Coal Companies Went Bankrupt Last Week" is a real headline these days.

A list of top coal mines gives some perspective about how things are going for fossil fuel.
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The time of coal has passed. Clean energy is our future.

Child labor in a Pennsylvania coal mine feels pretty archaic, no? Image via Wikimedia Commons.


If President Obama has his way, solar power will continue to evolve into a vital source of energy.

Speaking at the aptly named National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada in August 2015, he highlighted the need for technological advances that better protect the environment.

“We're here today because we believe that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than climate change," he said. “But we're also here because we hold another belief, and that is, we are deeply optimistic about American ingenuity."

The president's speech comes at a time when some traditional energy businesses are becoming a relic of the past. New energy sources like solar power, natural gas, and wind power are all on the rise.

Coal companies in Central Appalachia have been shedding jobs for decades as a result of a variety of factors. Case in point:

Half of the top 25 coal mines in Central Appalachia are in bankruptcy.

A recent tweet from Taylor Kuykendall, who writes for an industry publication about the energy market, shows a list of the top 25 coal mines in Central Appalachia. It gives you some perspective about how things are going for coal companies.

The tweet includes a link to an article of his that opens with this zinger:

"Even some of the top-producing mines in Central Appalachia ... find it increasingly difficult to keep business going in today's market."

Another recent financial article included this headline: "No Coal Companies Went Bankrupt Last Week." There are so many coal companies headed for bankruptcy that when a week passes without one going bankrupt, it's news.

It's clear that it's time to shift away from coal — and the White House is preparing for that new, cleaner shift.

The White House Clean Power Plan limits carbon pollution from power plants, putting national standards in place for the first time. We have some work to do together, but we can make ours a clean energy future — and it's bigger than just coal. Here's a petition you can sign to stop arctic drilling, which will help us continue this clean energy trend.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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The year 2018 was a pivotal one in the produce industry, the Red Delicious was supplanted as the most popular apple in America by the sweeter, crisper Gala.

It was only a matter of time. The Red Delicious looked the part of the king of the apples with its deep red, flawless skin. But its interior was soft, mealy, and pretty bland. The Red Delicious was popular for growers because its skin hid any bruises and it was desired by consumers because of its appearance.

But these days it's having a hard time competing with the delectable crunch provided by the Gala, honeycrisp, and Fuji.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."