The main disadvantage of coal mining is that it is very hazardous to the health of the people involved in mining, while also having serious negative effects on the environment. Another disadvantage of coal mining is that it is a nonrenewable energy source that will eventually run out, which means that it cannot be depended on as a permanent source of energy.
Thousand of miners die each year as a result of mines collapsing, explosions and a respiratory illness referred to as "black lung". Coal mining often causes flooding and erosion that leads to the destruction of ecosystems vital to humans and animals. Toxins and chemicals from coal mining are often released into the soil, air and water, which hinders the environment further along with the animals and people living in it.