Do you think coal is having more or less negative impacts than positive? There has been a high amount of natural disasters because of coal. Also when people burn coal, it releases a high amount carbon dioxide which is causing global warming. Here are 3 negative things that coal is causing, acid mine drainage, air pollution from air fired mine plants, and coal fires.
Acid mine drainage is the flow of water in the mine. When too much water is flowing inside of the mine, it uncovers many rocks that contain sulphur-bearing mineral pyrite. It mixes the air and the water to form dissolved iron which is bad for the mine. The combination of this forms an acid which can now be put into nearby river, lakes, streams, and ponds.
When there is air pollution from the coal-fired power plants, the air in the sky gets polluted giving various animals a bad living environment. When coal gets generated to form electricity, it releases a combination of toxins into the sky that are bad for the human body. The United States of America’s power plants produce more hazardous air pollution than any other power source.
Coal fires occur when a mine is in operation and abandoned coal mines catch fire. These fires usually start from spontaneous combustion. Certain minerals in coal ignite the fire making it easier to burn, often trapping the miners inside the mine. These fires often create health hazards for the human repertory system.
Finally we need to cut down on the burning of coal. I have provided you with three well thought out reasons why we should not being burning coal Maybe when we stop using coal, we can start using better resources for energy like the wind, I think that will be a lot healthier for the earth than mining coal. Furthermore, we should stop burning coal, and start figuring out some new resources to be using to get energy.
So do you still think we should mine for coal?
Do you think that we should use a different energy source?