The World’s Largest Polluter

China is the world’s largest producer and user of coal.  Its 2006 coal output was estimated at 2.4 billion tons.  This is twice the amount of steel produced by all countries in the world together in 2006!  This much coal would make a spherical asteroid one mile in diameter!   Three years from now, by 2010, China expects to have expanded their coal production by 10%.

For coal facts and figures, check here:

In 2006, over 4740 workers were killed in Chinese mining accidents.   Yes, more workers die mining coal each year in China than all those who were killed by terrorists during the events of Sept 11, 2001.  But these thousands of fatalities are a mere fraction of the deaths occurring each year due to the unchecked air pollution caused by facilities burning the coal.  Take a look at this post, and watch the video for a glimpse into China’s ongoing environmental disaster:

Be responsible.  Take care of our planet; it’s the only one we’ve got.

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2 Comments on “The World’s Largest Polluter”

  1. ggwfung Says:

    I fully understand the outrage, but even an advanced country like Australia draws eighty percent of its power from coal.

    China has made use of hydro, but the environmental destruction caused by damming and changing river flows, uprooting hundreds of thousands of people … doesn’t seem a long term answer either.

    Is there only one viable alternative? Nuclear?

    Alternatives should be pushed to the max (wind, tidal, geothermal)


  2. resourceful Says:

    Very true ggw; 80% is a bunch! Australia does a good job of controlling emissions.

    Yes, aside from the renewables you cite for smaller portions of the pie – for large scale power production, current nuclear technology seems to be the leading alternative if you wish to be politically correct and carbon friendly these days. Researchers are working out conversion processes to consume the concentrated wastes.

    BTW, I am new to blog software, concepts, procedures… and I do appreciate you listing my site on your Blogroll. Once I get familiar with others here and figure out how to do that, I will reciprocate! Thanks ggw. G’day.

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