The True Cost of Coal in China: Coal Dust Storms: Toxic Wind

Abstract Dust is not the only makeup of China’s infamous sandstorms, which also contain toxic pollutants from coal combustion. Sandstorms can disperse coal ash – containing arsenic, selenium and lead – far from their origin in coal-industry areas to eastern China, posing health and environmental threats to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Author Greenpeace China, April 2011, Beijing
2 Coal, 2.3 Coal and the Environment