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16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Winter Supply

A lone pensioner’s figure eyes his quickly-dwindling coal supply in the cellar of his small-town home in Pszczyna, Poland. Pszczyna is known for having one of the highest air pollution levels in Europe. Despite the poor air quality and skyrocketing coal prices, Poland’s energy sector remains heavily dependant on coal. This is especially noticeable in Poland’s small towns with outdated infrastructure, right in the heart of Europe. The future looks especially bleak for the badly-off pensioners. Poland’s current government views investment in clean energy as an expensive luxury. As the biting cold descends upon impoverished areas, the Poles remain prisoners to the lack of political will, growing coal prices as well as extensive air pollution of their own doing—for many—the only way to survive the winter.

TAGS: Coal, Poland

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© Thomas Kast.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2018
Total Views: 22
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 18, 2018, 4:20 p.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D850
Focal Length: 31mm
Shutter Speed: 1/0
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: ISO64
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PHOTO LOCATION Pszczyna, Poland