Coal is a form of fossil fuel commonly used to generate electricity and heat. It can also be liquefied to produce gas and diesel fuel. It is one of the most widely used forms of energy globally. While it is considered a valuable source of energy, it is produced at a high cost to the environment and its production process has been scientifically proven to be dangerous to human health in diverse ways.
Coal provides 40 percent of the world’s electricity and 39 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions which is largely responsible for the green gas emissions that are rapidly depleting the Earth’s ozone layer and directly causing the increased warming of the earth – a phenomenon that threatens our collective existence on this planet. The question we must now ask ourselves is: Do the environmental effects of coal mining justify its continued use?
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