Reportage: China Coal Boom: China Coal Pollution

A woman walks through housing for coal miners near a coal mine in a region known as the {quote}sea of coal.{quote} Dàtóng has some of the worst air quality in China and is among the ten most polluted cities in the world. 75% of China's energy needs are supplied by coal, the cheapest and dirtiest form of energy. The dependenc on coal is having serious effects on the environment.Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China.Photo © J.B. Russell
China Coal Pollution, November 2005

A woman walks through housing for coal miners near a coal mine in a region known as the "sea of coal." Dàtóng has some of the worst air quality in China and is among the ten most polluted cities in the world. 75% of China's energy needs are supplied by coal, the cheapest and dirtiest form of energy. The dependenc on coal is having serious effects on the environment. 

Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 

Photo © J.B. Russell