The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx
The shocking danger of mountaintop removal and why it must end

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Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the pushback he's received from the coal industry, advocating for the ethical obligation scientists have to speak the truth. Check out more TED Talks: The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel:


Mike D : Who else felt the bottom of their stomach drop out when this information hit home?

CybranM : Good talk, I had no idea mountaintop removal was even a thing.

Ask Me : Love this. All my family is from mining areas and some are miners. Health issues are abound. I live downwind from that stuff and have many related health issues miners do and I'd never do that work. Amazing video. Downloading this one to keep.

Lemonducky : I don't know when our species is going to get it together and realize that, if we continue like this, we're going to wipe ourselves out

blue_tetris : But how else are Americans' grandchildren going to dig up the cutting-edge energy source of the future: Coal!

Abdul Aziz ibn Musa al-Rahib : "Clean" coal

MetallicReg : The sad war of ideology and rationality is still ongoing, although some people are brave enough to use the relative definition of a "modern, civilized society". We need to fight ideology to the end and never forget that it was always a primitive, temporal tool to begin with.

Silverwolf : yet how do you expect those without integrity to respect those whom do have it?

slikrx : Call John Oliver and get him on board.

Lawrence V. Texas : The narrow: The red votes reaped what they cast. The broad: We tame the data, not the public. If you can't stomach it, pick up a broom.

DURMUŞ BAYSAL : Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]. (The Noble Quran. Surah Ar Rum. Verse 41) And We have certainly diversified in this Qur'an for the people from every [kind of] example; but man has ever been, most of anything, [prone to] dispute. (Surah Al Kahf Verse 54) French : English: German:

a7i20ci7y : I'm from eastern Tennessee and I hate MTR. It's like throwing paint on the Mona Lisa, to say nothing of the environmental and public health consequences. It needs to end.

loukas371 : What an enlightening and inspiring talk. We should pressure our governments to acknowledge these issues and do something about them instead of seeking short term profit.

Sophie Wang : I’m learning all about coal mining and mountaintop removal in school

Peter Velzen : So much for "Beautifull clean coal"

Leonidas 666 : What this guy needs is a movie. Hollywood? ;) ;) ;)

Joy Bradford : Prevail you will!

T.J. Phoenix : Devastating and important... just because you don’t live in these communities doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know everyone needs to wake up. I am so sad that folks allow this to continue. The future is watching and listening, time to WAKE UP

Tais Nuñez : How do we stop this? Especially when the people who are affected are so misrepresented?

buybuydandavis : "The Science is Settled!"

silvio santapaola : the world is a mess lets change that

Nick Chambernator : Great TED talk!

She-Ra Ingle : This reminds me of the videos I’ve seen of gold mining. 😢

daddyquatro : Without watching the video... I'll guess 2:30 for CLIMATE CHANGE.!

mike donnarumma : males with A,S,P,D really are doing a number on us all,

Derpster : They should drag the mountains into the ocean and blow them up underwater. Less air pollution.

CusterDawg : Oh snap it’s like that Lissie song “mountaintop removal shames our name”

Asma al-Arnaouti : But prevail we will.

16 Bit Gaming : LEAST amount of views , i agree

DataStorm : Reminds me of Tsjernobyl, ppl living in that town next to it claim there is NO radiation etc

jeff meares : At some point even the scientists must stand together with lawyers and sue politicians into poverty for slandering, beguiling and downright abusing the sciences.

Peter Fuchs : Good job America

Jørgen Hald : As long as we allow corporate donations to politicians, this problem will never go away. Nobody wants to to cut the branch on which they are sitting. We have seen it with the tobacco industry for the last century, and it's the same problem here.

celestialcircledance : I was relieved he didn't say my state but after the mountain tops are removed they'll have to exploit new territories .

BMX: All Encompassing : This is important

Olorin Elior : also this destroys the nature upon the mountains

coltbolt101 : It's very depressing to see my homeland being utterly destroyed by the greed of a few for the gain of short term profit. We must resist. We must sow fear into those of power. Montani Semper Liberi!

Blakhawk1703 : #MountainLivesMatter

Sizano Green : Sigh... this is making me feel sad. I wish I had been born a few hundred years in the future. Maybe stuff would be better...

William Chamberlain : Start picking up the tailings and tipping them out on the grass in front of the state court houses.

BigBollocks : Doesn’t trump love the coal miners?

TheSlimeyLimey : Interesting talk thank you.

Ted Weddell : Gotta bring back those mining jobs! Yep, all 28 or so of them.

me : Where are the people that complain that the video is not about tech entertainment design? For some reason they don't complain that in every video that does not have these 3 element. Because this video is also not about tech, but environment and a change that is needed. I am not complaining, just pointing out the bias of youtube commenters.

AkumaTheNameless : Coal is a cheap way to create energy for developing countries... but the U.S.A. is rich enough that is could change their energy sources. But trump wants to keep coal mining industry alive.

mark vietti : I have never known a single American who drinks tap water

JustOneAsbesto : "Money money money" - ABBA

Rickbearcat : The mining companies, in reality, own the states they work in. Laws are regulated and enacted to be favorable to these mining companies. I don't know the attitudes of the people that live in these states or those that live a mile or two from one of these work sites. But, the people have the power here to vote in those lawmakers that can end this practice. So, people of these states, get into that voting booth and do the right thing for your families and the natural beauty and preservation of your states.

Asadulla Khan : please add Urdu subtitles