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Explosion at coal mine kills 11 in northern China

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🗞️ Driving the news: An explosion occurred at the Xintai Coal Mine near the city of Yanan in Shaanxi province, killing at least 11 people
• State broadcaster CCTV reported that the blast trapped nine workers inside the mine who were later found dead
Two others died after being rescued

🔭 The context: The accident occurred during a period when China has been grappling with a series of deadly industrial and construction incidents
• Despite being the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, safety regulations and practices have often been found wanting in China's coal mines

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: China's dependency on coal, coupled with frequent mining accidents, highlights the urgent need for safer energy alternatives and stricter safety regulations in the mining sector

⏭️ What's next: Authorities are expected to intensify rescue efforts and subsequent investigations 
• With increased scrutiny, mining operations that compromise on safety and regulatory standards may face further crackdowns

💬 One quote: "Officials, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, have called for safety improvements, but that seems to have had a limited effect on mining operations that frequently cut corners while local officials turn a blind eye." (Al Jazeera)

📈 One stat: Despite a decline in industrial accidents by 27% in 2022, largely due to the “zero COVID” policy, the number of related deaths only decreased by 23.6%, as per the Ministry of Emergency Management

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