China’s Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water

China’s Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water

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Coal is refined at a coal washing facility in Shanxi province. Coal mining and power stations use as much as 17 percent of China’s water, and almost all of the collieries are in the vast energy basin in the north that is also one of the country’s driest regions.