Coal Pollution Essay

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Two main environmental concerns associated with the use of coal are pollution, caused by emissions of contaminants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury, which affects human and environmental health, and greenhouse gases that are emissions that contribute to global warming. Social problems include the social and health complications that arise from the effects of the use of coal and coal mining. The mining of coal occurs in many ways, but is almost always damaging to the environment. After the mines are finished with, the area should be restored by the mining companies, which often doesn 't happen. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants includes, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and heavy

metals, which leads to smog, acid rain, toxins being released into the environment, and many respiratory, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular effects.

The effects of coal and mining coal on the environment are many. The destruction of landscapes and habitats are one effect. Surface mining involves stripping away at the earth and rocks to reach the coal underneath. If a mountain or other natural landform happens to be in the way or reaching the coal, it will be either levelled or blasted, which leaves a scarred landscape and it disturbs ecosystems and wildlife habitats. Deforestation and erosion is another. As part of the process of clearing the way for a coal mine to be made, trees are burned or cut down, plants are uprooted and the topsoil scraped away. This will
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