Resources in Myth: Coal is Clean

Water Demands of coal power plants in drought affected regions of India

A detailed report by Greenpeace that analyses the water demands of coal power plants in drought affected regions of India, a country which has 4% of water resources but more than 17% of the worlds' population. The report illustrates that long term planning of water resources is necessary to prevent severe droughts. Coal power plants are one of most water-intensive industrial users of fresh water across the world and in India.

An Audit of the Canadian Mining Sector in British Columbia.

This audit of British Columbia’s mining sector exposes poor regulation and inadequate environmental enforcement of British Columbia’s mining industry. It highlights the failure to coordinate between the Ministry of Energy and Mining and The Ministry of Environment along with the exorbitant expenses of cleaning after spills, and water contamination. It urges the British Columbian Government to create an independent enforcement unit for mining activities, with a mandate to ensure the protection of the environment in place of the existing setup which is hampered by conflicts of interests.

Coal: A Public Health Crisis (Philippines)

This report reveals for the first time the current health impacts of existing coal-fired power plants as well as projected health impacts of operating and planned power plants in the Philippines. The data shows an estimated 960 premature deaths each year due to stroke, ischemic heart disease, other cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases. If the new power plants are to be developed, premature deaths may rise up to 2,410 or more than double the current number of people dying from coal-related pollution in the Philippines.

Video: A line in the sand

This powerful 5-minute video tells the story of the campaign by retired coal miner Gary Kuklish and other residents of La Belle in Pennsylvania against pollution from the nearby dump site for coal ash from a nearby coal power plant.