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Mastering the Commodities Markets by Francesca Taylor

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Water pollution

The production and mining of coal requires large quantities of water, affecting the habitats of water- and land-based wildlife as well as the folks who use these water resources. Water that comes into contact with coal during the processes of extraction, cleaning, storage or energy production collects heavy metals like lead and arsenic. This polluted water might contaminate groundwater and nearby streams and lakes.

Air pollution

The process of burning coal for energy produces greenhouse gases as well as other pollutants, including carbon dioxide, mercury compounds, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Coal produces more pollution per unit of electricity than any other fuel source, according to the US ...

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