The hospital is gone. So are most of the houses, with more being knocked down daily. Not even the bodies remain in the tree-shaded cemetery, where centuries-old bones were recently dug up and moved. There is far more digging to come — enough to extinguish any trace that Immerath, a once-quaint farming village in the fertile western Germany countryside, ever existed. Because beneath the rich soil lies a substance even more valuable: coal.
"In Shadow of Germany’s Climate Conference, a Village Disappears to Make Way for Coal" is from the November 11, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Griff Witte and Luisa Beck and narrated by Sam Scholl.