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  Slow Death of the Grasslands Due to China's Coal Mining
Green Peace
August 14, 2012
By Lu Guang
A signpost is placed on the Yuejin open-cast coal mine in Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia.


Sheep graze near the Baiyinhua No. 1 open-cast coal mine in West Ujimqin Banner of Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia.


A herder watches his sheep on the degraded grassland near the Baiyinhua No. 1 open-cast coal mine in West Ujimqin Banner of Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia.


A residential house, amid a reservoir area in West Ujimqin Banner of Xinlin Gol in Inner Mongolia, has become dilapidated due to the hydraulic project, constructed to capture water for the Baiyinhua Coal Industry Park.


Cows are having a hard time finding food at a degraded grazing site, which lies 5km downstream from Gaolehan Reservoir in West Ujimqin Banner of Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia.


Wulagai Reservoir in West Ujimqin Banner of Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia, intersects with the Wulagai River, contributing significantly to the degradation of the Wulagai Wetland.


Dark smoke emits from stacks owned by Hemeihongjun Aluminum Electricity Company of the China Power Investment Corporation. On condition of anonymity, an employee of the corporation claims that the corporation has violated regulations by shutting down the dust removal devices and desulfurization devices of this power plant.


Smoke from factories causes severe air pollution in Huolin Gol city, Inner Mongolia, whose economy relies heavily on coal-related industries.


Part of stage II of the water supply project, Ningdong coal-chemical base in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. A pipeline is being constructed.


The Ningdong coal-chemical base, which is set to process four million tons of coal for liquefaction in 2015, is in the process of expanding.


A slag pile and drainage pipe at the Baorixile open-cast coal mine in Hulun Buir, Inner Mongolia.


The Shengli open-cast coal mine in Xilin Hot, Inner Mongolia, encroaches on the grassland.


Cows graze near an open-cast coal mine in Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia. Xilin Gol is blessed with some of China’s best grasslands, but increasingly these grasslands are being peeled away for the rich coal reserves underneath.


Cows graze beside a pipeline belonging to the Dongming open-cast coal mine, Hulun Buir city, Inner Mongolia. Milk sales are a main source of income for the local people.


The Honghuaerji Reservoir, designed to provide water for two coal-fired power plants in Hulun Buir city, Inner Mongolia, is co-invested and built by Huaneng Group and Luneng Group. Both Huaneng and Luneng are among the top five biggest Chinese power companies.


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