Reportage: China Coal Boom: China Coal Pollution

Coal carriages being off-loaded at a small, private mine. Coal mining is the the country's most dangerous job. 6000 to 20,000 miners are killed every year in accidents. The demands of China's booming economy put production before safetly.75% of China's growing energy needs is supplied by coal. China is the world's largest producer of coal. Seven of the world's ten most polluted cities are in China.Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China.Photo © J.B. Russell
China Coal Pollution, November 2005

Coal carriages being off-loaded at a small, private mine. Coal mining is the the country's most dangerous job. 6000 to 20,000 miners are killed every year in accidents. The demands of China's booming economy put production before safetly.75% of China's growing energy needs is supplied by coal. China is the world's largest producer of coal. Seven of the world's ten most polluted cities are in China. 

Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 

Photo © J.B. Russell