October 2, 2023

Why Black Lung Is Rising in Coal Country

by The Journal

Black lung, a devastating illness caused by prolonged exposure to dust, has made a comeback in the past two decades after hitting a low in the 1990s. One in five coal miners in Central Appalachia now have the disease. WSJ’s Kris Maher and former miner James Howerton on how black lung is gripping coal country and upending miners’ lives.

Further Reading:

- Black Lung Resurgence Prompts New Mining Rules 

Further Listening:

- Europe is Turning to Coal. What Does That Mean for Climate Change? 

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