What are the harmful effects of mining?



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    Release of carbon dioxide and methane, both of which are greenhouse gases causing climate change and global warming according to the IPCC. Coal is the largest contributor to the human-made increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.

    Waste products including uranium, thorium, and other radioactive and heavy metal contaminants.

    Acid rain

    Acid mine drainage (AMD)

    Interference with groundwater and water table levels

    Impact of water use on flows of rivers and consequential impact on other land-uses

    Dust nuisance

    Subsidence above tunnels, sometimes damaging infrastructure

    Rendering land unfit for the other uses

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    Mining is environmentally damaging at all stages of the process. First, you usually must deforest or level some land, so this land will no longer be a living ecosystem but a barren lot. Next you must bring in large machines to dig up the ground, causing massive amounts of pollution. Lastly,you are extracting something from the ground, and this could (or could also not, to be fair) a mineral necessary for all life in the area.


    Mining is a dirty process which leads to a lot of negative externalities. Clean energy (such as solar and wind) are ways that we can get energy without having to damage the environment

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