Now the demise of one of the region's traditional industries, the effects on one family, and what could be the future for generations to come.
David Hirst's report begins from Kellingley Colliery:
Heritage and archaeology watchdogs have condemned proposals for a major wind farm development in the Yorkshire Wolds, Energy giants EDF want to install ten turbines, each the height of the Humber Bridge.
Opponents claim it will destroy important archaeological deposits in the area.
Work starts this week to repair flood-damaged sea defences in Cleethorpes and Humberston Fitties.
The east of coast of England was hit by the largest ever recorded tidal surge on 5 December 2013 and the Humber Estuary experienced significant flooding.
In North East Lincolnshire, the sea defences along the seafront were overtopped and significant damage occurred, particularly at Humberston Fitties.
North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with Cofely, successfully claimed severe weather recovery funds from the Environment Agency to cover the cost of repairs to the coastal defences.
A total of £220,000 was secured to undertake works including: - replacing 90 metre stretch of gabion wall with new wall - removal of track and hard standing along the sand dune defences. - Repairs to the sea walls of the North Promenade and Kingsway.
The work will take until mid-April 2015 to complete.
“The tidal surge that hit the area in December 2013 showed just how vulnerable the area is to the threat of flooding, but it could have been much worse. “We need to make sure our defences are up to the job and these essential works will help protect our communities from the future threat of flooding.”
Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route.
‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed by Helmsley Brewing Company and will be officially launched at the Guisborough Beer Festival on Saturday 11 April 2015.
The brewery will make a donation from the sale of each cask to contribute to the upkeep and promotion of the Cleveland Way.
Striding the Riding, a 4% pale ale, will initially be available on tap from Helmsley Brewing Company’s bar in Helmsley, but it is hoped that some of the 40 plus pubs along the route of the Cleveland Way will also serve it to their customers. Plans for a bottled version of the beer are also in the pipeline.
It will be promoted as the official beer of the Cleveland Way and its branding will carry the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol. The design for the labels and pump clips will also incorporate the varied scenery found along the Cleveland Way including moorland, coast and dales.
Kyle Boote who set up Helmsley Brewing Company is planning to walk along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to the beer festival in Guisborough where Striding the Riding will be launched.
A wide-ranging programme of environmental improvements are currently being undertaken by Leeds City Council in an area designated to drive forward economic growth and job creation in the city.
Since November last year, over 140 standard and semi-mature trees have been planted by the council as part of a continued drive to improve green spaces along the route of the A63 in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.
This will sit aside further work in the enterprise zone being undertaken over the next 12 months by staff and 18 council apprentices which will include planting wild flowers and 2,000 saplings to create new woodland.
Over 50,000 bulbs will also be planted in October that will bring colour to the enterprise zone next spring.
With development work now underway across all four sites within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, including 425,000 sq. ft. of development and employment space currently under construction, these environmental improvements will play an important part in making the area attractive to investors and encouraging more businesses to relocate to the area.
New industrial premises designed for modern manufacturing companies and a £150m recycling and energy recovery facility at Newmarket Lane are already featuring in the enterprise zone while a £7.5 million programme of infrastructure and ground engineering work is also underway at Temple Green, the largest of the four sites within the enterprise zone.
Projects includes a new spine road to open up access to further phases of development and a 1000-space park and ride facility, scheduled to be operational in April 2016.
Work undertaken by the apprentices is part of a tailored training programme by the council’s parks and countryside team that offers young people the opportunity to learn a range of horticultural and environmental skills.
The first phase of a project to help regenerate the Riverside Business District and Castlegate area in Sheffield is about to get underway.
The scheme aims to enhance the environment and reduce the barriers between the Riverside Business District and Castlegate with the rest of the city centre and on to Kelham Island and Victoria Quays.
The 'Grey to Green' project will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant road space, creating new public space with meadows, a sustainable drainage system and rain gardens. There will also be walking and cycling routes.
Tropical World in Leeds has reopened after a one point five million pound refurbishment.
The attraction at Roundhay Park has been made more environmentally friendly and features a new aquarium and reptile enclosure. It has been created in the style of a South American tropical rainforest. The improvements have been partly funded by the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Charitable Foundation, set up by the family which helped pay for the original development.
Leeds City councillor Mark Dobson says the investment has given the attraction a new lease of life.
Residents in Louth will get the chance to hear about plans for a flood alleviation scheme in the town this evening. The £6.5m project will create two reservoirs to reduce risk of flooding from the river Lud.
Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) from across the Yorkshire area joined with the White Rose Forest and Woodlands Trust to carry out conservation work around the Butterely Reservoir, near Mansfield.
Water levels are at a low after 300 years of use and Yorkshire Water plan restoration work to begin next year, but the groups came together this weekend to begin planting 7,000 trees.
The planting tomorrow is part of a 7000 tree project at Butterley Reservoir owned by Yorkshire Water. The project has been put together by Yorkshire Water, White Rose Forest and The Woodland Trust. Forest of Bradford ( a partner of White Rose Forest ) is working with AMYA to plant 2000 trees on Saturday 21st March.
The Butterley reservoir holds a significant role in the area, so we are bringing people from various areas and different faiths or those of no faith to collaborate, celebrate what we have and contribute together to enhance the environment in which we live.
Kamal Aftab Regional Youth Leader for AMYA Yorkshire says:
"The Butterly reservoir holds a significant role in the area, so we are bringing people from various areas and different faiths or those of no faith to collaborate, celebrate what we have and contribute together to enhance the environment in which we live."
Over 6 years AMYA has planted over 125,000 trees across the country to date. For further information on the work AMYA are doing or how to get involved in projects please visit www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk
Calendar's weather presenter Jon Mitchell was at Greenside Primary School in Pudsey today to watch the eclipse with the children there. And, as he soon found out they certainly knew their stuff.