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The Horrifying Health Effects of Mining


Environment  (tags: healthconditions, mining, environment, destruction, ecosystems, pollution, research )

Cal
- 165 days ago - alternet.org
Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby--not just those who work in the mines



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GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday April 4, 2014, 6:29 pm
Yet my mom in TN says they welcome Big Mining blowing up their mountaintops because it brings jobs and puts money into the extremely poor economy...Wonder of they realize that health issues will only put money into the doctors' and hospitals' pockets, and undertakers. In the end they lose all around.
 

David F. (14)
Friday April 4, 2014, 7:10 pm
humnakind busily digging(*) its grave
==
KOYAANISQATSI (1982)
Translation of the Hopi Prophecies sung in the film:
"If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster."
==

*) per year about 7 Gt coal + 2.5 Gt iron-ore + .... + 50 kt Uranium + ... .. .
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 1:33 am
This has been known about for many years the huge bings of waste from coal mines often burn for many years and cannot be extinguished when the wind blows coal dust and smoke pollute the air and have a detrimental affect on the health of anyone who lives in the area.



smoke pollute the air and affect the health of people who live near by as well as the workers.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:16 am
Horrifying and shocking. Thanks Cal.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 10:59 am
My father's family were coal miners in Scranton, PA in the 1920/30's. They left and came to NJ to find a better life after family members began to become sick.
 

Jane H. (134)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 11:14 am
This is not news to me since I have worked as a volunteer in Eastern Kentucky and am well aware of all the damage to the people and the mountains, but it is of utmost importance for everyone to know about.
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 12:59 pm
The (supposed) benefit of (possible) jobs is not a valid excuse for destroying the land we need to live on!
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 1:03 pm
And then, when they burn the coal to make energy, they pollute the air too, leading to acid rain that ends up polluting the water--coal is a globe killer as well as a people-killer! (And it definitely kills people, as well, ending countless lives far too soon. destroying families, and raising health costs for everyone.)
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 1:57 pm
Sadly noted. As dirty industries such as this have become embedded in America, I mourn that over these many decades we haven't found a way to eliminate them in favor of green, renewable energy. In my opinion, the coup seemed to take place as soon as Reagan took office and removed the solar panels at the White House that were installed during Carter. It seemed to be the oligarch's answer to the creation of the E.P.A. and new regulations. They have been "stuffing the ballot box" ever since and giving massive subsidies and tax breaks to dirty energy.
Things will only change when a majority of the population rises up in protest.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:18 pm
I agree with Lois.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:44 pm
Noted
 

Brenda P. (129)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 3:12 pm
Thanks Cal, noted and shared.
 

Dave C. (214)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 3:25 pm
not surprised.....
 

Susan Allen (221)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 3:27 pm
Noted and shared this outstanding article. We must stop our dependence on all of these dirty fossil fuels. They are killing us and they are destroying our planet. People must WAKE UP and do something before it is too late.

I think phrases from the article like: hope this brings attention to; hope this draws attention to; largely ignored by law makers; mortality rates; significantly higher with high levels of coal mining; a 2009 study; since 2006; researching health issues; little doubt about the impact of the mining industry; definitively say; higher levels of health problems in mining communities; pretend there's not enough information; unethical and immoral; not everyone agrees; and environmental pollutants - say it all.

I'm sure these people feel caught between a hard place and rock. I am sad for them, for us and for the planet.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 4:17 pm
Thank you for the article.
 

Anne K. (129)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 6:10 pm
My coal mining cousin in West Virginia suffered injuries in mining accidents and then died of cancer caused by coal mining. Thanks for the article.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 6:46 pm
Horrible, I would never be willing to work under such conditions.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 6:52 pm
So sad. With the knowledge of this you wonder how they can continue to work under these conditions. Thanks Cal
 

Edith B. (141)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 10:23 pm
Thanks, Cal. I live in coal country and am fully aware of the dangers associated with coal mining and mountain top removal. Our air and water are polluted and the terrain is destroyed. We have a higher rate of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses than areas that don't have mining. That being said, mining is the only industry in this area that pays a living wage. I am convinced that the mining companies and politicians keep it that way so they have a ready and willing pool of laborers. My father died from black lung disease and my youngest brother died at age 41 following complications from surgery for a mining accident. We are voices crying in the wilderness here when we complain.
 

Rehana VN (0)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 8:21 am
Sad. Greed takes precedence. Hundreds of thousands lives lost.
 

Kenneth Davies (0)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 10:27 am
noted
 

Michael J Byrne (0)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 11:58 am
thank u for the article good info.
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 12:02 am
Mining fossil fuels creates health hazzards. We need green energy.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 2:41 pm
Thanks
 
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