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Environmental Disaster - How South Africa's coal mines are contaminating groundwater

South Africa has a surfeit of fossil fuels and other natural resources but the country's demand for energy is growing fast. Supply problems have become commonplace in recent years.

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South Africa is faced with a dilemma: Should it invest in renewable energies or carry on exploiting its extensive reserves of fossil fuels? The country is the 12th largest carbon emitter in the world and continued reliance on coal mining is causing a number of environmental problems, including contaminated groundwater.