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dc.contributor.authorNorrito, Benjamin C.
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-19T17:00:34Z
dc.date.available2021-07-19T17:00:34Z
dc.date.issued2021-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/1897
dc.description.abstractLike many countries across the globe, both developed and developing, Germany has had a historical reliance on coal. Sitting on a massive amount of lignite (also known as “brown coal”) reserves, Germany has encouraged continued coal extraction and consumption in order to ensure its energy independence. This policy has led to a number of massive open-pit mines across the northwest of the country. One such mine, Hambach mine, stands at the site of a once proud and ancient forest of the same name. As the lignite sat under the forest, the mine continually consumed it in order to access the fuel beneath. Since the mining began in the late 1970s, the forest has been reduced by 90% and at a great cost. As the forest has been logged, biodiversity has been threatened along with the fragile and unique ecosystem it contains. The mine has also been responsible for a decrease in air quality and has overseen a rise in respiratory issues as far as France. The mine has been detrimental to its surroundings as well, consuming a number of villages, all while the parent company, RWE, offers their condolences. The major impacts of the mine have not gone unnoticed and many have protested, aiming to protect what remains of the ancient forest as well as the nearby towns. Despite resistance to the mine, RWE, partnered with the German government has persisted with its mining operations even as coal becomes less desirable fuel in the face of climate change.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES::Earth sciences::Exogenous earth sciences::Physical geographyen_US
dc.subjectGeographyen_US
dc.subjectCoalen_US
dc.subjectGermanyen_US
dc.subjectEnergiewendeen_US
dc.subjectLigniteen_US
dc.subjectEnergyen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental issuesen_US
dc.subjectClimate changeen_US
dc.titleThe impact of Hambach mineen_US
dc.typeHonor's Projecten_US
dc.description.versionNAen_US
refterms.dateFOA2021-07-19T17:00:34Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY College at New Paltzen_US
dc.description.departmentHonorsen_US
dc.description.degreelevelBSen_US
dc.description.advisorMcGlinn, Lawrence


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