February 24, 2012

The Human Cost of Coal

The human cost of mountain top removal coal mining is shown in a stunning series of maps

There is a common saying in Appalachia: what we do to the land, we do to the people. 

Recently, 21 peer-reviewed scientific studies have confirmed the truth of those words. Not only has mountaintop removal permanently destroyed more than 500 Appalachian mountains, but people living near the destruction are 50% more likely to die of cancer and 42% more likely to be born with birth defects compared with other people in Appalachia.
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