Coal world

Last year, the world was produced more than 7,000 megatons of carbon, and these figures prove the fact that coal plays an important role in the life of modern humanity. But carbon dioxide produced by the coal is destroying ozone layer. Large-scale, environmentally dirty and dangerous coal combustion is growing every year, for example, in 2011 its production increased by 6.8%.

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About 70 countries have sufficient reserves of coal, which, according to some estimates, will be enough for several hundred years. Look at the footage from various stages of production of coal and learn more about the environmental conditions on the planet. In the photo: The boy helps the girl to fill the basket with coal, which they dug up at an illegal coal mine in India.

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Mining of coal - one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. In China, every year kill thousands of miners, especially in the illegal mines. Production and use of coal leads to various environmental problems, including increased release of carbon dioxide. Pictured: The citizen of Bosnia rides a bike on a foggy street in Sarajevo. The reason for such a thick fog - excessive consumption of low-grade coal. (Elvis Barukcic / AFP / Getty Images)

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Other problems that arise during the use of coal - acid rain, contamination of groundwater, breathing problems, the release of waste with high content of heavy metals. In the photo: Crane lifts miners from a mine in India. Here, workers earn $ 150 a week, which is much higher than the average daily income of the inhabitants of India. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images)

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But it is worth remembering that our life is highly dependent on coal. Over 40% of the world's electricity is generated by the energy that is released during combustion. In picture: The miners are preparing to go to work in a mine in Vorkuta Vorgashorskaja. (Eduard Korniyenko / Reuters)

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38-year-old Prabhat Sinha is 60 kg coal from a mine in India. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images)

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Left: The 20-year-old Anil Basnet is sitting on a pile of coal in Dzhiantiya Hills, India. Many workers come here from the neighboring Indian states, hoping to escape poverty and improve their quality of life. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images) Right: The miner in Shanxi Province, China. Currently, China - the largest producer and consumer of coal in the world. (Nelson Ching / Bloomberg)

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A little boy runs on coal stock in India. According to unofficial data, the five thousand private mines employ about 70,000 children. But the authorities did not confirm these data. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images)

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Students come from schools through the coal stockyard. Local schools is difficult to convince parents of the benefits of education as well as those seen in children only source of income and physical labor. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images)

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22-year-old Shyam Rai from Nepal sneaking through the tunnels in the coal mine, India. In this region, the miners go down into the ground along the slippery braided ladders. Children squeeze into the narrow tunnels, mining coal by hand or with primitive tools without protective equipment. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images)

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Lifeguard takes a break from rescue efforts after the tragedy at the mine Sukhodolskaya-eastern Ukraine. Then killed 18 miners and another 20 were missing. (Alexander Khudoteply / AFP / Getty Images)

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Miner, stayed in a collapsed mine more than 180 hours in a hospital in Heshane, China. (China Daily / Reuters)

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Seven-year Noor Hayat with the tools after working at a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad. (Muhammed Muheisen / AP)

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Jimmy Murphy holds a jar of water, which he scored from a well near his house. He said the water is dirty because of the coal slag. Trials with the company responsible for polluting «Massey Energy» continue for 7 years. (Jeff Gentner / AP)

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A woman sells charcoal in Port-au-Prince. In Haiti, people are trying to make ends meet by selling goods and services, while the country can not build a life after the earthquake two years ago. (Dieu Nalio Chery / AP)

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Residents of the province of Quang Ninh Vietnam illegally transporting coal by bicycle. (Kham / Reuters)

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A girl collects materials which can be used for firing the kiln, a brick factory in Surkhrode, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul / Associated Press)

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Truck with 447 tons of coal in the development, north of Douglas, Wyoming, USA. (Westech / Casper Star-Tribune/AP)

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Women help train workers to push the car back to coal in the way, after he had gone they have power in Ahmedabad, India. In the incident, suffered 4 people. (Amit Dave / Reuters)

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Activists of the "Greenpeace" settled on tap in the power plant near Delmas in South Africa. The inscription on the banner: "The killer climate." (Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace Handout / AFP / Getty Images)