First off coal is 70% of China’s total energy consumption. The developement and production of coal is making China’s economy grow.  China has been minning coal since 476 B.C. and at this rate they will exploit their coal resource. It isn’t not  hurting the physical evironment but, its hurting their people and other countries around them. When you burn coal you put a lot of harmful chemicals into the air. After this chemicals are released into the ozone it can have a major effect on it. Since China is burning coal at a high rate they need to slow down and cut back on the  burning of coal.