Coalification of Water

This year’s World Water Day marks the launch of the 5th United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) on the theme of water and energy. Coal remains a top energy producer world-wide. Its connection to water is a parasitic one. It drains our precious water supplies and spits back polluted skies, lakes, streams and rivers, both in its processing and production. The following pictures are a journey through the lives of people (their homes and their lands) who have been directly affected by coal power production. These are people and places which already suffer from water-scarcity but now see their livelihoods and health hung in the balance of an outmoded means of energy production.

A worker at the MNS Informal Settlement coal washing station in Mpumalanga, Emalahleni, South Africa, stands alongside water that has already being used. Water pollution from coal is a serious problem in South Africa and deepening a water scarcity crisis. A million households currently live without access to the minimum 25 liters of water per person per day; a further 2 million people’s water supply is below basic service standard. This has in turn threatened social stability - the number of service delivery protests driven by water scarcity has increased sharply in recent years.


The latest updates

Show thumb view  

'Actions for Climate' Global Day of Action

Slideshow | 28 September, 2015

How to Change the World trailer

Video | 30 August, 2015 at 18:35

The critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary How To Change The World by director Jerry Rothwell chronicles the untold story of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Using never-before-seen footage, it tells the gripping story of...

Join the Solar Paradise movement

Video | 3 August, 2015 at 18:45

Dirty energy projects such as oil and coal are threatening Europe's favorite holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, endangering their pristine nature, their economy and homes of millions. In this region where sun is more abundant than...

1 - 5 of 5620 results.