"But Getting Coal is What We Do"

Watch this ViceTV series on how mountaintops are removed to get to coal in West Virginia (instead of mining it underground, they now just rip the tops off gorgeous mountains, because it’s faster, apparently).

Impressive reporting (the coal company exec. is just as bad as you’d think) and video. Check out the whole series on Vice.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.