The closure of UK coal mines: a victory against pollution or grievous economic disaster?

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The closure of UK coal mines: a victory against pollution or grievous economic disaster?

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Since the Industrial Revolution, the UK has a rich and vibrant history of coal mining. Since this time, Britain's economically recoverable coal reserves have decreased, however there is still plenty underneath the surface. The United Kingdom’s coal production peaked in 1913 at 287 million tonnes. In 1952 there was 1334 operational deep-mines as well as 92 surface mines, but in December 2015 the last deep-mine closed for good. So why did our coal mines’ close? Was it a victory against pollution or the worst calamity of the UK’s economy?

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