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Monika Schulz-Hoepfner stands beside a protest poster against Vattenfall open-cast mining in the small village of Atterwasch, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 close to the Jaenschwalde lignite open-cast mine. Red slogan reads 'Atterwasch stays!'. Lignite, as this form of compressed peat is known, is becoming an increasingly important part of Germany’s effort to phase out nuclear energy. It’s also the reason why Atterwasch, a village that survived the Thirty Years’ War, a Soviet onslaught during the final months of World War II and four hard decades of communist rule will soon be razed. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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