Resources in Myth: Coal is Cheap

The coal boom choking China

Chinese miners last year dug up 3.87bn tonnes of coal, more than enough to keep all four of the next largest users – the United States, India, the European Union and Russia – supplied for a year. This new interactive site from The Guardian gives an overview of the impacts of this coal boom on China and it's people.

Extreme Investments, Extreme Consequences: coal finance report card

This report assesses the impacts of the banking industry’s investments in the coal industry on human health, the environment, as well as the financial risk exposure for banks. These extreme investments have yielded extreme consequences ranging from spills of coal ash that contaminated public water supplies to bankruptcies that left banks on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars.

The End of China’s Coal Boom: 6 facts you should know

The facts behind China’s coal consumption are daunting. China is the world’s largest energy consumer and the leading emitter of greenhouse gases. China accounts for half the world’s coal consumption, but recently adopted air quality standards and the growth of renewable energy suggests the country’s coal boom is over. This report outlines 6 facts you should know about the end of China's coal boom.

Mining Coal, Mounting Costs: the life cycle consequences of coal

Energy is essential to our daily lives, and for the past century and a half we have depended on fossil fuels to produce it. But, from extraction to combustion, coal, oil and natural gas have multiple health, environmental and economic impacts that are proving costly for society. This report from the Center for Health and the Environment at Harvard Medical School estimates that the life cycle impacts of coal, and the waste stream generated, are costing the U.S. public a third to over one-half a trillion dollars annually.