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Environmental Issues - Honorable Mention: Erik Messori

Eastern India is one of the biggest producers worldwide of coal. Yet despite the many jobs created by coal mining, the trade is also known for inhumane conditions, forest-clearing and pollution, as mine workers breathe toxic dust and spontaneous combustion of coal releases huge amounts of carbon monoxide into the air. More broadly, scientists believe that the world’s continued reliance on coal – especially in the developing countries of Asia – poses a significant risk in terms of accelerating the effects of climate change.

A miner bathes near an open-cast coal mine in eastern India.