2016 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

China's Coal Addiction


Kevin Frayer

26 November, 2015

Smoke billows from stacks as men push a tricycle through a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in northern Shanxi province.

The region is the leading producer of coal in China, with annual production exceeding 300 million tonnes. Air pollution is estimated to contribute to around 17 percent of all deaths in China, and a heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world’s CO2 emissions.

About the photographer

Kevin Frayer

His photographs have been widely published in leading newspapers, magazines and internet sites around the world. 

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
24.0 mm

This image is collected in