Reportage: China Coal Boom: China Coal Pollution

Coal miners stroll along railroad tracks that transport coal from the mining region known as the {quote}sea of coal.{quote} Thousands of unskilled rural poor migrate to China's coal producing regions seeking work. 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 growing energy needs puts production before safety. Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China.Photo © J.B. Russell
China Coal Pollution, Nobember 2005

Coal miners stroll along railroad tracks that transport coal from the mining region known as the "sea of coal." Thousands of unskilled rural poor migrate to China's coal producing regions seeking work. 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 growing energy needs puts production before safety.  

Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 

Photo © J.B. Russell