Changing China

Giant on the move

Chinese coal to Copenhagen

November 23, 2009

Chinese coal mines are never far from domestic headlines and are increasingly gaining international attention as Copenhagen’s climate change talks approach.

The talks will focus on setting emissions cuts to fight global warming and China, the world’s largest polluter, is heavily reliant on fossil fuel.

It also has the most dangerous mining industry in the world, in the first half of this year 1,175 people died in officially recorded mine accidents across China.

Most recently, 104 people have been killed in a gas explosion in a mine northern Heilongjiang province on Saturday 21 November.

China’s murky safety record in mining means most mines shy away from foreign journalists but a rare invitation to Tashan mine in north-eastern Datong province allowed a glimpse of one of China’s more safety-conscious mines.

Video credit: Wang Shubing


Why sacrifice human lives to explore a pollutant ?

Posted by Cindy Hassal | Report as abusive

It’s useless talking about cutting down on coal, unless there is a cheaper alternative to replace the usage of coal.


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