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A digital painting, using landscape2 in DAP, of a melee of coal and wind driven boats and ships in the early morning, circa early 19th century.
Source of original out of copyright black & white image: The Ports, Harbours, Watering Places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain 1840 by William Finden
The picture makes clear the pollution that is released into the atmosphere (and breathed by the population) when coal is burned.
The burning of coal releases not only energy to power transport and factories but also large quantities of smoke, soot and acidic vapours. Bituminous coal contains a large proportion of impurities. On average 20% of it’s weight consists of sulphur, volatile hydrocarbons and other chemicals.
Of course without coal there would never have been an Industrial Revolution and we would still be crossing the oceans in sailing ships…………..