The Dark Side of Coal
Hello! It’s Neev! Today’s topic is “Coal Mining.”
Coal is an integral part of our lives as coal creates heat which then gets converted into electrical energy. Coal is generally used for creating most of the electricity we use to power street lights, houses, machines, etc. However, there are several environmental impacts linked with coal mining and its use, such as the removal of huge amounts of topsoil leading to massive soil erosion, loss of animal habitats and pollution.
Coal mining also causes acid drainage, which prompts metals to dissolve and soak into ground and surface water. This is harmful for the environment because Untreated AMD (Acid Mine Drainage) going into streams can pollute habitats and worsen water quality, often making the environment unsuitable for the survival of animals.
Moreover, coal mining causes smog and air pollution as mining emits ash particles into our atmosphere and contributes to air pollution. Upon burning, coal releases several gases (like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and methane gas) into the atmosphere, which all contribute to climate change. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, liquefied coal usage as a fuel source would release about 119% more greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based fuel, but both fuel types are detrimental to our Earth.
As you can see, coal is a super harmful substance for our planet so cutting out a little of our coal usage from our life would be quite helpful!
You can do this by:
Using renewable energy sources.
Using LED bulbs since they are more efficient and also decrease energy consumption.
Reusing products. Products require a lot of fuel for manufacturing so reusing them limits wastage and means we need to consume less, causing factories to produce less.
Making sure you turn off the lights before you leave the room.
This is Neev signing off! See you next time!