COAL: Nineteen people were killed in coal mining accidents in 2012, just one shy of 2009′s record low year for fatalities. in the industry. (Associated Press)
SOLAR: The roof of the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan is deflated, and will be replaced with a solid structure equipped with solar panels. (Detroit Free Press)
EFFICIENCY: As tougher new building codes take affect in some Midwest states, utilities are expressing an interest in helping cash-strapped inspection offices enforce them. (Midwest Energy News)
MEDIA: Climate change coverage in the news media continued to decline in 2012; bucking that trend, Minnesota Public Radio has launched a weekly on-air and online feature discussing climate change. (Climate Central, Minnesota Public Radio)
WIND: A noise study of a Wisconsin wind farm finds no evidence linking the turbines to reported health problems, but recommends the issue be researched further. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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