Reportage: China Coal Boom: China Coal Pollution

A worker at the state run Jinhuagong coalmine sorts coal. While large, state run mines are better operated, China's insatiable demand for energy has allowed thousands of independent, unregulated mines to flourish. These mines rarely observe safety and environmental standards.Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China.Photo © J.B. Russell
China Coal Pollution, November 2005

A worker at the state run Jinhuagong coalmine sorts coal. While large, state run mines are better operated, China's insatiable demand for energy has allowed thousands of independent, unregulated mines to flourish. These mines rarely observe safety and environmental standards. 

Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 

Photo © J.B. Russell