Reportage: China Coal Boom: China Coal Pollution

Housing for coal miners cover the hills surrounding the coal mining region known as the {quote}sea of coal{quote} near Dàtóng. Mining is the country's most dangerous profession. Officially, more than 6000 miners, and as many as 20,000 by some estimates, are killed every year in accidents. China's insatiable demand for energy puts production before safety. Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China.Photo © J.B. Russell
China Coal Pollution, November 2005

Housing for coal miners cover the hills surrounding the coal mining region known as the "sea of coal" near Dàtóng. Mining is the country's most dangerous profession. Officially, more than 6000 miners, and as many as 20,000 by some estimates, are killed every year in accidents. China's insatiable demand for energy puts production before safety.  

Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 

Photo © J.B. Russell