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Appalachia is transitioning from coal. Here’s what it could learn from Germany.
Alabama Activist Keisha Brown. (Credit: Katherine Webb-Hehn)
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Appalachia is transitioning from coal. Here’s what it could learn from Germany.

Lessons from environmental and economic restoration efforts in the Ruhr Valley could help usher Appalachia into a new era.

ESSEN, GERMANY—Gregor Krantz went to work in the Ruhr Valley mines when he was 16. It was the 1960s, when becoming a miner in Germany's historic coal region was still considered "the job of the future," Krantz said.

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