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Citizen Science Reduces Risks from Combusting Coal-Mine Wastes

A community-based citizen science study on spontaneously combusting coal-mine waste heaps in Myanmar underpins the development of risk management plans to protect individuals and communities.

Source: GeoHealth


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Poorly managed, spontaneously combusting coal mine waste heaps pose a risk to coal workers and local communities. Phenrat [2020] used community participatory scientific analysis and scientific risk management decision-making methods to reduce this risk.

The community and mine worked together to evaluate possible action plans, and the community’s recommendation to seal the surface of the coal wastes, and conduct monitoring, was deemed to be the most scientifically based choice. This study is an excellent exemplar of how community citizen science can influence decisions and protect and empower individuals and communities.

Citation: Phenrat, T. [2020]. Community Citizen Science for Risk Management of a Spontaneously Combusting Coal‐Mine Waste Heap in Ban Chaung, Dawei District, Myanmar. GeoHealth, 3, e2020GH000249. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GH000249

—Karen Hudson-Edwards, Editor, GeoHealth

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