Reportage: China Coal Boom: China Coal Pollution

Coal miners extracting coal atop a giant mound of scree. Housing for miners sit at the foot of the talus slope. 75% of China's energy needs are supplied by coal, the cheapest and dirtiest form of energy. Soaring demand for energy is having serious effects on the environment.Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China.Photo © J.B. Russell
China Coal Pollution, Novermber 2005

Coal miners extracting coal atop a giant mound of scree. Housing for miners sit at the foot of the talus slope. 75% of China's energy needs are supplied by coal, the cheapest and dirtiest form of energy. Soaring demand for energy is having serious effects on the environment. 

Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 

Photo © J.B. Russell