How does mining affect humans?

1 Answer
Jan 3, 2016

Common health threats posed by mining are as belows:


  • Pneumoconiosis, aka black lung disease or CWP, is caused when miners breathe in coal dust and carbon, which harden the lungs.
  • Cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, lung disease, and kidney disease have been found in higher-than-normal rates among residents who live near coal mines.
  • Toxic levels of arsenic, fluorine, mercury, and selenium are emitted by coal fires, entering the air and the food chain of those living nearby.
  • Mine collapses and accidents kill thousands of workers around the world every year.