The cri­sis of Chi­nese coal pol­lu­tion; where your car­bon tax money re­ally goes; and a look at oil tankers in Van­cou­ver’s Bur­rard In­let

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That’s the num­ber of peo­ple who died pre­ma­turely

in China in 2013 due to coal pol­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to Ts­inghua Univer­sity in Bei­jing. Glob­ally, coal min­ing ac­ci­dents kill an es­ti­mated 12,000 peo­ple a year. The in­dus­try em­ploys roughly one per­cent of all global la­bor but ac­counts for eight per­cent of fa­tal ac­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The lives lost to coal are matched by the rock’s car­bon foot­print. Burn­ing it for elec­tric­ity emits al­most twice the green­house gas per unit of en­ergy as burn­ing nat­u­ral gas does and about one-third more than oil. At al­most 50 per­cent, coal is by far the largest source of hu­man-pro­duced green­house gases glob­ally. To­day, B.C. ports are ship­ping in­creas­ing amounts of coal to Asia, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can coal, for steel pro­duc­tion and power gen­er­a­tion. Last year, U.S. coal pro­ducer Light­house Re­sources started send­ing coal across the Pa­cific via Van­cou­ver as en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists blocked a new ex­port ter­mi­nal in Ore­gon. A fur­ther boost to the Western Cana­dian coal trade will come with the planned ex­pan­sion of the Fraser Sur­rey Docks ter­mi­nal.

B.C. is ex­pand­ing its coal ex­ports to Asia via fa­cil­i­ties such as this Delta­port ter­mi­nal. Van­cou­ver’s ex­pan­sion projects will make it North Amer­ica’s largest coal ex­port­ing port


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