25 Mar '16, 10am

The global coal industry is using as much water as a billion people each year

The global coal industry is using as much water as a billion people each year

We already know that coal-fired power plants are bad for the planet, but that’s usually because we are just thinking about the enormous amounts of carbon dioxide emissions they contribute to our atmosphere. A new Greenpeace report entitled The Great Water Grab sheds light on another terrifying aspect of the coal industry – its astronomical water consumption. The report suggests that the global coal industry uses the same amount of water that would serve one billion people each year . Because coal plants are often situated in water-scarce areas of the world, this adds up to a devastating misuse of Earth’s precious resources.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/the-global-coal-industry-is-using-as...

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