Articles in topic: Water

Devastation from coal mining in South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Greenpeace has uncovered evidence that the intensive coal mining activities in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province are discharging toxic pollution into rivers, and in some instances, violating national standards for wastewater discharges from mines. Local environmental authorities have failed to stop or prevent the violations. Due to the large amount of coal mining, almost half of the province’s rivers are at risk of being affected by water pollution from the mines. Climate and energy campaigner Arif Fiyanto blogs about the impact of coal mining on South Kalimantan

Coal impacts on water

Coal is one of the most-water intensive methods of generating electricity. A typical coal plant withdraws enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every three and a half minutes. This article summarises the major threats to global water resources from coal expansion.

Identifying the Global Coal Industry’s Water Risks

The trend is clear: Regional water concerns are creating significant financial risks, thanks in large part to advanced global commodity trading and energy industries’ high dependence on water. And it’s a trend that is poised to worsen. This article from World Resources Institute outlines the global coal industry's water risks.