As a kid, I used to enjoy watching our coal fire burn on a cold winter evening. I remember shovelling heaped black pieces from the coal shed into a coal bucket. A coal man would deliver sacks of the stuff. When you got it on your hands, they were black with coal dust.
It might as well have been blood on my hands. My dad told me stories about mining disasters.
My Grandfather was a miner in South Wales. Took part in the Minersí 1926 Strike. He contracted Silicosis, an Industrial Disease, & died, coughing up his lungs, bit by bit, into a bucket.
I remember my uncle, an ex-miner, the veins in his hands & arms swollen & dark with coal dust he had inhaled underground. He had a bad cough. Died of pneumoconiosis (black lung).
Mining is dangerous for the workers involved & also for the living environment. Nowadays, we know that combustion of coal causes air pollution, leading to premature death. As of 2020, globally, itís still the main contributor to Carbon Dioxide emissions, exacerbating anthropogenic climate change. High time to phase it out!
Coal, a fossil fuel, is plant material, once living plants (ferns etc), buried & compressed, during the Carboniferous Period. What we need are more living plants, including trees, to absorb carbon dioxide for photosynthesis.
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