Video in topic: Coal Mining

Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation

There's a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what's burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement.

Rejection of Railroad Development of Central Kalimantan Coal

Deep in the heart of Borneo, communities and local activists are mobilising against a dangerous new threat to their livelihoods. BHP-Billiton is planning to build massive coal mines stretching over an area more than twice the size of London, destroying some of the last pockets of primary rainforest in Borneo and contributing to runaway climate change. This would deprive indigenous peoples of their customary land and pollute water sources upon which millions depend. This video from WALHI documents their story.