Resources | VOL. 15, ISSUE 89, March-April 2015 |

Can Coal Ever Be Eco-Friendly?

Mining of coal is one of the most destructive activity for the environment. Whatever the method of mining be—opencast or underground, green fields and forests cannot remain untouched. Since one has to rip off the surface layer to gain access beneath, a cavity results during and after mining. When monsoon rains fill these up, the waters percolate through resulting in land subsidence. Moreover, when there is underground mining, once the coal is exhausted and supports withdrawn, the soil caves in...

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