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  Workers return home after a days work at a nearby coal power station and steel plant. Behind in the distance is a new cooling tower that has just been erected, the station is increasing its capacity. Tonghua, China.

Workers return home after a days work at a nearby coal power station and steel plant. Behind in the distance is a new cooling tower that has just been erected, the station is increasing its capacity. Tonghua, China.

  Workers having an evening off at a games hall. Tai Yuan. China

Workers having an evening off at a games hall. Tai Yuan. China

 Coking plant. China has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide. Soaring demand for coal to generate electricity and a surge in industrial production of steel and cement have helped push China's recorded emissions for 2006 to be the highest in the world. Benxi, China.

Coking plant. China has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide. Soaring demand for coal to generate electricity and a surge in industrial production of steel and cement have helped push China's recorded emissions for 2006 to be the highest in the world. Benxi, China.

 A bar hostess at a wokers' games hall. Tai Yuan, China.

A bar hostess at a wokers' games hall. Tai Yuan, China.

 Steel plant at night. Tonghua, China.

Steel plant at night. Tonghua, China.

 Miners return home after a shift in the coal pits. The journey back to the surface is made by train and takes about 40 minutes. In general, safety standards in the large government owned mines have a higher level of safety standard. Shanxi, China.

Miners return home after a shift in the coal pits. The journey back to the surface is made by train and takes about 40 minutes. In general, safety standards in the large government owned mines have a higher level of safety standard. Shanxi, China.

 Workers at a steel plant. China is the number one producer of steel in the world. Tonghua, China.

Workers at a steel plant. China is the number one producer of steel in the world. Tonghua, China.

 Coal miner in a small colliery. Linfen, China.

Coal miner in a small colliery. Linfen, China.

 Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.

Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.

 Workers working at a coking plant. The production of coke releases highly toxic substances into the atmosphere that are often carcinogenic. Workers in these industrial plants are often directly exposed to the fumes that are emitted from this industrial process. Benxi, China.

Workers working at a coking plant. The production of coke releases highly toxic substances into the atmosphere that are often carcinogenic. Workers in these industrial plants are often directly exposed to the fumes that are emitted from this industrial process. Benxi, China.

 Workers at a steel and iron plant. Tonghua, China.

Workers at a steel and iron plant. Tonghua, China.

 Worker in a small coal mine. China is the largest coal user in the world and has the unenviable record of the highest number of coal miners with lung problems. Datong, China.

Worker in a small coal mine. China is the largest coal user in the world and has the unenviable record of the highest number of coal miners with lung problems. Datong, China.

 Migrant workers at coal mine outside Datong in Shanxi Province. Datong is dubbed as the coal capital of China and the province Shanxi is the largest producer of coal in the country. China.

Migrant workers at coal mine outside Datong in Shanxi Province. Datong is dubbed as the coal capital of China and the province Shanxi is the largest producer of coal in the country. China.

 Communal baths. The grounds of this steel plant is covered by a layer of dust from the emissions of the factory. China is the largest producer of sulphur dioxide in the world, a major component of acid rain that comes from the burning of coal. Tonghua, China.

Communal baths. The grounds of this steel plant is covered by a layer of dust from the emissions of the factory. China is the largest producer of sulphur dioxide in the world, a major component of acid rain that comes from the burning of coal. Tonghua, China.

 An employee from a coal mine plays pool late in the night after work. Tai Yuan, China.

An employee from a coal mine plays pool late in the night after work. Tai Yuan, China.

 Worker in a small coal mine. China has a total of 28,000 coal mines, 24,000 of them are small ones. Small coal mines are the ones that have the worst safety record. The economy has been developing rapidly and does not have enough electricity to power its economic boom. Given this huge need for power and the existence of so many small private coal mines there are huge problems in regulating the industry. Datong, China.

Worker in a small coal mine. China has a total of 28,000 coal mines, 24,000 of them are small ones. Small coal mines are the ones that have the worst safety record. The economy has been developing rapidly and does not have enough electricity to power its economic boom. Given this huge need for power and the existence of so many small private coal mines there are huge problems in regulating the industry. Datong, China.

  Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.

Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.

 A worker at a coking plant having a short break during his shift. Benxi, China.

A worker at a coking plant having a short break during his shift. Benxi, China.

 Steel Plant working through the night. On a global context, the manufacturing of steel, generates 70,000 pounds of total waste, all of which requires treatment, recycling, or disposal. Tonghua, China.

Steel Plant working through the night. On a global context, the manufacturing of steel, generates 70,000 pounds of total waste, all of which requires treatment, recycling, or disposal. Tonghua, China.

 Flames shoot out of a coking plant as coal is being burnt to create coke. Much of the machinery in these plants are old and that do not have new technologies fitted to lower the levels of pollution coming from these plants. Benxi, China.

Flames shoot out of a coking plant as coal is being burnt to create coke. Much of the machinery in these plants are old and that do not have new technologies fitted to lower the levels of pollution coming from these plants. Benxi, China.

 A part of an advert on the perimeter walls of a coal power station has the words "...International Standard" in Chinese. The roads and nearby farmland in this small village are blackened with coal dust and fly ash. This particular power station is situated by a school and some local residences within the village. Linfen, China.

A part of an advert on the perimeter walls of a coal power station has the words "...International Standard" in Chinese. The roads and nearby farmland in this small village are blackened with coal dust and fly ash. This particular power station is situated by a school and some local residences within the village. Linfen, China.

 An oil refinery in the near distance belches flames and smoke as dusk sets in. The ground is covered with a layer of ash and dust from this refinery. Linfen, China.

An oil refinery in the near distance belches flames and smoke as dusk sets in. The ground is covered with a layer of ash and dust from this refinery. Linfen, China.

Workers return home after a days work at a nearby coal power station and steel plant. Behind in the distance is a new cooling tower that has just been erected, the station is increasing its capacity. Tonghua, China.

Workers having an evening off at a games hall. Tai Yuan. China

Coking plant. China has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide. Soaring demand for coal to generate electricity and a surge in industrial production of steel and cement have helped push China's recorded emissions for 2006 to be the highest in the world. Benxi, China.

A bar hostess at a wokers' games hall. Tai Yuan, China.

Steel plant at night. Tonghua, China.

Miners return home after a shift in the coal pits. The journey back to the surface is made by train and takes about 40 minutes. In general, safety standards in the large government owned mines have a higher level of safety standard. Shanxi, China.

Workers at a steel plant. China is the number one producer of steel in the world. Tonghua, China.

Coal miner in a small colliery. Linfen, China.

Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.

Workers working at a coking plant. The production of coke releases highly toxic substances into the atmosphere that are often carcinogenic. Workers in these industrial plants are often directly exposed to the fumes that are emitted from this industrial process. Benxi, China.

Workers at a steel and iron plant. Tonghua, China.

Worker in a small coal mine. China is the largest coal user in the world and has the unenviable record of the highest number of coal miners with lung problems. Datong, China.

Migrant workers at coal mine outside Datong in Shanxi Province. Datong is dubbed as the coal capital of China and the province Shanxi is the largest producer of coal in the country. China.

Communal baths. The grounds of this steel plant is covered by a layer of dust from the emissions of the factory. China is the largest producer of sulphur dioxide in the world, a major component of acid rain that comes from the burning of coal. Tonghua, China.

An employee from a coal mine plays pool late in the night after work. Tai Yuan, China.

Worker in a small coal mine. China has a total of 28,000 coal mines, 24,000 of them are small ones. Small coal mines are the ones that have the worst safety record. The economy has been developing rapidly and does not have enough electricity to power its economic boom. Given this huge need for power and the existence of so many small private coal mines there are huge problems in regulating the industry. Datong, China.

Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.

A worker at a coking plant having a short break during his shift. Benxi, China.

Steel Plant working through the night. On a global context, the manufacturing of steel, generates 70,000 pounds of total waste, all of which requires treatment, recycling, or disposal. Tonghua, China.

Flames shoot out of a coking plant as coal is being burnt to create coke. Much of the machinery in these plants are old and that do not have new technologies fitted to lower the levels of pollution coming from these plants. Benxi, China.

A part of an advert on the perimeter walls of a coal power station has the words "...International Standard" in Chinese. The roads and nearby farmland in this small village are blackened with coal dust and fly ash. This particular power station is situated by a school and some local residences within the village. Linfen, China.

An oil refinery in the near distance belches flames and smoke as dusk sets in. The ground is covered with a layer of ash and dust from this refinery. Linfen, China.

  Workers return home after a days work at a nearby coal power station and steel plant. Behind in the distance is a new cooling tower that has just been erected, the station is increasing its capacity. Tonghua, China.
  Workers having an evening off at a games hall. Tai Yuan. China
 Coking plant. China has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide. Soaring demand for coal to generate electricity and a surge in industrial production of steel and cement have helped push China's recorded emissions for 2006 to be the highest in the world. Benxi, China.
 A bar hostess at a wokers' games hall. Tai Yuan, China.
 Steel plant at night. Tonghua, China.
 Miners return home after a shift in the coal pits. The journey back to the surface is made by train and takes about 40 minutes. In general, safety standards in the large government owned mines have a higher level of safety standard. Shanxi, China.
 Workers at a steel plant. China is the number one producer of steel in the world. Tonghua, China.
 Coal miner in a small colliery. Linfen, China.
 Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.
 Workers working at a coking plant. The production of coke releases highly toxic substances into the atmosphere that are often carcinogenic. Workers in these industrial plants are often directly exposed to the fumes that are emitted from this industrial process. Benxi, China.
 Workers at a steel and iron plant. Tonghua, China.
 Worker in a small coal mine. China is the largest coal user in the world and has the unenviable record of the highest number of coal miners with lung problems. Datong, China.
 Migrant workers at coal mine outside Datong in Shanxi Province. Datong is dubbed as the coal capital of China and the province Shanxi is the largest producer of coal in the country. China.
 Communal baths. The grounds of this steel plant is covered by a layer of dust from the emissions of the factory. China is the largest producer of sulphur dioxide in the world, a major component of acid rain that comes from the burning of coal. Tonghua, China.
 An employee from a coal mine plays pool late in the night after work. Tai Yuan, China.
 Worker in a small coal mine. China has a total of 28,000 coal mines, 24,000 of them are small ones. Small coal mines are the ones that have the worst safety record. The economy has been developing rapidly and does not have enough electricity to power its economic boom. Given this huge need for power and the existence of so many small private coal mines there are huge problems in regulating the industry. Datong, China.
  Coal miner in a communal bath at a colliery. Linfen, China.
 A worker at a coking plant having a short break during his shift. Benxi, China.
 Steel Plant working through the night. On a global context, the manufacturing of steel, generates 70,000 pounds of total waste, all of which requires treatment, recycling, or disposal. Tonghua, China.
 Flames shoot out of a coking plant as coal is being burnt to create coke. Much of the machinery in these plants are old and that do not have new technologies fitted to lower the levels of pollution coming from these plants. Benxi, China.
 A part of an advert on the perimeter walls of a coal power station has the words "...International Standard" in Chinese. The roads and nearby farmland in this small village are blackened with coal dust and fly ash. This particular power station is situated by a school and some local residences within the village. Linfen, China.
 An oil refinery in the near distance belches flames and smoke as dusk sets in. The ground is covered with a layer of ash and dust from this refinery. Linfen, China.