Water

Coal vs. Water in China

Thousands of miles separate China's water-rich south and the nation's coal-rich north. In northwest China where water resources are particularly scarce, including the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Shaanxi, the coal industry is rapidly expanding. In 2012, Greenpeace issued a warning that this coal expansion poses a serious threat to precious water resources in China's arid northwest and thus the crops and farming communities that depend on it. In 2013 the field investigation team dug up evidence of exactly that.

The Unquenchable Thirst of an Expanding Coal Industry

This year, as policymakers work towards a fresh set of universal sustainable development goals, water-efficiency and clean energy will be on the table. This is an important opportunity to establish an integrated water-energy target – a way to put a cap on how much water coal power is able to use.

Draining the Lifeblood: Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin

The series of coal mines proposed for the Galilee Basin in Queensland Australia will have an enormous impact on the region's groundwater resources. This report from Lock the Gate analyses documents prepared by five coal mine proponents, projects additional impacts of a further four proposed mines and finds that, together, the coal mines proposed for the Galilee Basin have the potential to cause permanent and unacceptable impacts on regional groundwater and surface water resources.