China loves coal

2008

China is in the midst of a love affair with coal – but it is not the healthiest of relationships. Year after year, China’s production and consumption of coal increases. Worryingly, so do the fatalities. Shanxi Province is China’s main coal-producing region, and China mines and produces far more coal than any other nation on earth. Coal mining, coal processing and coal-fired power plants keep the people of Shanxi employed and supply a large chunk of China’s energy needs. The industry is nfamous for bad working conditions and more than 5000 coal workers die every year in China.