A funeral ceremony in Shanxi, China

Photo | 2012-02-06

The threats of coal combustion waste have been vastly underestimated in China due to regulatory loopholes that allow power companies to freely dump toxic coal ash in the environment, according to Greenpeace's latest report, the True Cost of Coal – An Investigation into Coal Ash in China.

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A funeral for a village woman nicknamed Chen in Mayi village, near Shentou Number 2 Power Plant in Shanxi province. Chen, who married into the Jia family, died peacefully on the 27th day of the 6th month of the lunar calendar. She was 92 years old. The future of her descendants in the village may be less certain, as land, air and water pollution from the ever-expanding coal ash disposal site only worsens. (Taken: 08/11/2010)