The drinking water for the village of Majiapo in Shanxi province is contaminated by acid mine drainage - discharged water containing sulfuric acid and other heavy metals from a coal mine operated by the Yangmei Group. This type of pollution is common in China's coal country. Water pollution is becoming a bigger problem as China drains its fresh water resources to satiate the demand of its growing cities.
The drinking water for the village of Majiapo in Shanxi province is contaminated by acid mine drainage - discharged water containing sulfuric acid and other heavy metals from a coal mine operated by the Yangmei Group. This type of pollution is common in China's coal country. Water pollution is becoming a bigger problem as China drains its fresh water resources to satiate the demand of its growing cities. - 
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New numbers show that China's coal production will likely grow about 3 percent this year, despite a government campaign to cut air pollution.

Coal's history has been intertwined with growth, the industrial age, and lately, pollution and climate change. Barbara Freese is the author of Coal: A Human History, and discusses the history of coal as a brand.