19 November 2014. Decades of strip mining have left the town of Dhanbad (Jharkhand) in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.

But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate change and make India’s cities, already among the world’s most polluted, even more unlivable, scientists say.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/world/coal-rush-in-india-could-tip-balance-on-climate-change

 

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