Climate impact of burning coal reported in 1912

A popular social media post circulated on the anniversary of the publication of newspaper article in the Rodney and Otamatea Times on 14 August 1912.

It noted the impact of coal burning on the environment although it said the impact would be felt centuries later rather than less than a century later.

Coal consumption has stabilised and in some regions dropping, but rather the 2 billion tons the consumption has risen to over five billion tons in 2017

You may be sceptical that this was even true, but thankfully the National Library of New Zealand has a copy of the article which is hosted on its website.

We did not take notice in 1912. Hopefully, we will in 2018.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Climate impact of burning coal reported in 1912


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