Coal mining regions are significant resource extraction industries in many parts of the world. They provide a large amount of the fossil fuel energy in the world economy.. The People's Republic of China is the largest producer of coal in the world, while the United States contains the world's largest 'recoverable' coal reserves (followed by Pakistan, Russia, China, and India).
In the old mining villages near the pits of Fuxin you can still find former miners like Huang Anyuan (above), who worked in coal mines for 30 years (Image: Stam Lee) Editor's Note: This article forms part of a Special Report on economic decline and rejuvenation in China's former coal belt. In part ...
History of coal mining - Wikipedia. Anthracite (or "hard" coal), clean and smokeless, became the preferred fuel in cities, replacing wood by about 1850. Bituminous (or "soft coal") mining came later. In the mid-century Pittsburgh was the principal market. More
China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year.. According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal.
Fuxin is a classic example of China's mining cities. In the 1980s and 1990s depletion of coal seams and increasing costs meant that the city's coal-led economy started to fail – and the city's prosperity went down with it. As the open-cast mine became stripped bare, so the miners dug their pits, deeper and deeper.
Reason #2: Excess Coal. Coal is the cheapest power source but also the dirtiest. It's well-known that China has comparatively lax environmental policies. Major cities like Beijing are notorious for their high levels of smog, produced mostly by burning coal. Energy producers can freely burn coal and use the energy for Bitcoin mining.
In Linfen (in the heart of Shanxi Province), coal has been king since they started mining in 1978. Prior to being an over-populated, over-polluted coal town, Linfen was once a charming farming community referred to as "the fruit and flower town", which was known for it's natural springs.