Aiqun Yu
Berkeley, California
China Researcher
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Aiqun joined Coalswarm in 2014. Before she moved to the U.S., she worked as a journalist and editor at China Central Television for 18 years, focusing on environmental and social issues. Born in the Northeast of China, Aiqun received her master’s degree at Communication University in China and spent two years as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. With her Chinese-English bilingual and professional fact-checking skills, she conducts the China research for the Global Coal Power Plant Tracker. “I am proud of what I am doing now, and hope the information we are collecting can reach more Chinese people and have more impact on China’s decarbonization process.”

Bob Burton
Hobart, Tasmania
Editor, CoalWire
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Bob Burton is the Hobart-based Editor of CoalWire, CoalSwarm’s weekly bulletin on global coal industry developments. He has been researching and writing on energy and the mining industry for over thirty years and is a regular contributor to the RenewEconomy and EndCoal websites. In 1992 he was entered on the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Roll of Honour for an outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment. With Guy Pearse and David McKnight he co-authored Big Coal: Australia’s Dirtiest Habit (New South Books, 2013). He is also the author of Inside Spin: The Dark Underbelly of the PR Industry (2007) and, with Nicky Hager, co-authored Secrets and Lies: The Anatomy of an Anti-Environmental PR Campaign (1999). His Twitter feed is here.

Christine Shearer
Pacifica, California
Researcher and Analyst
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Christine Shearer came to CoalSwarm with a background in interdisciplinary climate change and energy research. She previously worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Earth System Science at the University of California in Irvine, as a research fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and as a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her writing has appeared in science and media publications including Nature, Environmental Research Letters, National Geographic, and The New York Times, and she is author of Kivalina: A Climate Change Story (Haymarket Books, 2011). She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

James Browning
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Communications Director
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James Browning has worked to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable as a writer, researcher, lobbyist, and game designer. Prior to CoalSwarm he worked for ten years as a state and regional director for Common Cause and wrote “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets,” a series of reports about the fracking industry that was featured on MSNBC, NPR, and in several documentary films. He is the author of The Fracking King, a novel that was named one of the Best 100 Books of 2014 by Amazon. In 2017, he published “Last Chance” in Orion Magazine, a set of cards that introduces air pollution, floods, drought, fracking, and other environmental problems into the game of Monopoly.

Lydia Plante
New Orleans, Louisiana
Researcher and Analyst
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Lydia Plante has developed and maintained surveillance systems on mosquito populations, infectious diseases, and infant, child, and maternal mortality. Her professional background is in applied epidemiology and using data to solve complex public health problems. She completed her graduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she studied parasitology and epidemiology. She holds certificates in outbreak epidemiology and maternal and child health epidemiology.

Ted Nace
San Francisco, California
Executive Director
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Ted Nace is founder and director of CoalSwarm. He is the co-founder of computer book publisher Peachpit Press and is the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (2003, 2005) and Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal (2010). He served as staff director of the Dakota Resource Council and as a columnist for Publish! magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from UC Berkeley.