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Photos of a Changing World: The Coal Mines of Poland

An ongoing collaboration between Pacific Standard and NOOR Images.


Polish coalminers in Zabrze, Silesia Region, Poland, 2009. (Photo: Pep Bonet)

Poland is not one of the biggest countries, nor is its population large, but its energy mix depends heavily on black coal; in fact, it is the eighth largest consumer of coal among all countries in the world, according to the United States Energy Information Administration. Nonetheless, in June of this year, Bloomberg Businessweekreported that Poland was “doubling down on coal.”

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