Coal is creating pollution as well as affecting human health. If coal industries continue on, Global warming could increase by five degrees, Resulting in a planetary collapse. Although there is a large reserve of coal and it is quite cheap, Countries should find solutions to quit coal mining to create a cleaner, And healthier planet.
The pollution that coal is releasing into the atmosphere is a lot more than the earth can manage, therefore the ocean cannot absorb carbon dioxide in the air. The carbon dioxide that is released, releases enormous amounts of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. These emissions have caused the Earth's surface temperature to rise, and the oceans absorb about 80 percent of this additional heat. With the poles melting, the ice turns into water, and countries like Italy, Greece, all countries bordering oceans or seas.
2016 could be the turning point for our planet. The concentration of carbon in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million for the first time, resulting in many more catastrophic extreme weather events and leading our planet closer to climate chaos. But hope is also growing worldwide as countries put forward ambitious commitments leading to the climate negotiations in Paris.
Coal not only contributes to climate change it damages human health. Even so-called 'clean' coal releases mercury into the atmosphere, which we breath. This can lead to increased rates of cancer, asthma, learning disabilities, and other conditions. In fact coal is the most dangerous pollutant for heart disease.
There are cleaner, more efficient, and healthier ways of producing energy. Yes, coal should be banned. Coal workers should receive government aid in learning new skills to switch to another job with the same or better wages and benefits.
Finding solutions would take time, And during that time economies would be collapsing. People would lose jobs and end up homeless or similar. There is a large reserve of coal and it is significantly cheaper than other sources. Plus, Countries are already doing a good job maintaining coal industries and power plants.
There are many other industries that are contributing more pollution to the atmosphere than the coal industry. Many companies are polluting the ocean to a larger extent than coal is polluting the air. If countries decided to stop using coal within their borders, that is fine. But, the international community should not try to ruin one industry arbitrarily.
France is only one country out of many. Just because France quits coal, that doesn't mean anyone else should. There has to be an alternative in place in order for coal power to be banned. Otherwise, people would be without power, and millions would suffer as a result of this.
Coal power is relatively safe. It is safer than nuclear power. The worst case scenario with coal is not as bad as it is with nuclear. Today, coal power is relatively clean. Power plants go to great efforts to keep their ash in safe places and pollute as little as possible.