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Donkey cart coal sellers in a city street. The sellers buy coal from the mines at 4 AM, transport the coal 20 kms to the city center to sell for domestic heating and cooking use. They earn about 100 RMB (10 ¤) per day. 75% of China's growing energy needs is supplied by coal, the cheapest and dirtiest form of energy. China is the world's largest producer of coal. Seven of the world's ten most polluted cities are in China, largely due to coal use and the country's dilapidated heavy industries..Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 12/11/2005.Photo © J.B. Russell
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China Coal Pollution
Donkey cart coal sellers in a city street. The sellers buy coal from the mines at 4 AM, transport the coal 20 kms to the city center to sell for domestic heating and cooking use. They earn about 100 RMB (10 ¤) per day. 75% of China's growing energy needs is supplied by coal, the cheapest and dirtiest form of energy. China is the world's largest producer of coal. Seven of the world's ten most polluted cities are in China, largely due to coal use and the country's dilapidated heavy industries..Dàtóng, Shanxi Province, China. 12/11/2005.Photo © J.B. Russell