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Some happy, some sad, at times cheering or even fighting, fans of soccer are absorbed in the European 2012 Soccer Championship. Sixteen nations made it to the final tournament being held in Poland and the Ukraine with the final match to be played on July 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. -- Lloyd Young(40 photos total)
A soccer fan soaks up the atmospshere ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship group D match between Ukraine and Sweden at The Olympic Stadium on June 11 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Coal occupies a central position in modern human endeavors. Last year over 7000 megatons were mined worldwide. Powerful, yet dirty and dangerous, use of coal is expanding every year, with 2010 witnessing a production increase of 6.8%. Around 70 countries have recoverable reserves, which some estimates claim will last for over a hundred years at current production levels. Mining for coal is one of the world's most dangerous jobs. While deadliest in China, where thousands of miners die annually, the profession is still hazardous in the West and other regions as well. Our mining and use of coal accounts for a variety of environmental hazards, including the production of more CO2 than any other source. Other concerns include acid rain, groundwater contamination, respiratory issues, and the waste products which contain heavy metals. But our lives as lived today rely heavily on the combustible sedimentary rock. Over 40% of the world's electricity is generated by burning coal, more than from any other source. Chances are that a significant percentage of the electricity you're using to read this blog was generated by burning coal. Gathered here are images of coal extraction, transportation, and the impact on environment and society. The first eight photographs are by Getty photographer Daniel Berehulak, who documented the lives of miners in Jaintia Hills, India. -- Lane Turner (48 photos total)
22-year-old Shyam Rai from Nepal makes his way through tunnels inside of a coal mine 300 ft beneath the surface on April 13, 2011 near the village of Latyrke, in the district of Jaintia Hills, India. In the Jaintia hills, located in India's far northeast state of Meghalaya, miners descend to great depths on slippery, rickety wooden ladders. Children and adults squeeze into rat hole like tunnels in thousands of privately owned and unregulated mines, extracting coal with their hands or primitive tools and no safety equipment. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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Rebecca Flaig of Goochland, Va., left, and Ryan Jung of Richmond hold their umbrellas aloft as part of the World AIDS Day event on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. A sea of red umbrellas, in the form of a giant red ribbon, were displayed. A man holds a poster featuring [...]

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CONGO CHAOS: An opposition supporter displayed what he said were fraudulent copies of election ballots in Kinshasa, Congo, Monday. Voting materials failed to arrive in some areas and several people have been killed in conflicts. More than 18,000 candidates are competing for 500 parliamentary seats. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press)

SPEAKING FRANKLY: Rep. Barney Frank announced Monday in Newton, Mass., that he will not seek re-election for a 17th term. Mr. Frank, 71 years old, is the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

MIC CHECK: Graduate student Anthony Trochez yelled ‘mic check,’ a phrase that has been used at Occupy protests, three times during a University of California Board of Regents meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles Monday. Students angry about budget cuts and Occupy crackdowns spoke out. (Reed Saxon/Associated Press)

THE MANNEQUIN AND THE SEA: A mannequin dressed as a fisherman in a Santa Claus costume sat on a rocky outcrop in the Irish Sea near Belfast Monday. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

BRICK BOY: Abdulghaffar Khamees, 12 years old, sat on a pile of bricks during his break at a factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

PITCHING A FIT: Protesters held pitchforks and spades during a rally in front of a city administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday. They protested against increasing communal tariffs. (Alexander Khudoteply/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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CAMEL CARETAKER CAMEL CARETAKER: A boy looks after his family’s camels in the Kenya-Somalia border town of Liboi Friday in Kenya. Soaring food prices, the worst drought in 60 years and a feeble international response have conspired to throw much of the Horn of Africa into crisis. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

COAL MINE TRAGEDY COAL MINE TRAGEDY: A rescuer rested Friday at the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coal mine in the Lugansk region in Ukraine. Eighteen miners died and another 20 were reported missing after an explosion in the coal mine. (Alexander Khudoteply/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HANGING ON HANGING ON: Two dragonflies clamped on a flower stem during a Friday rain shower in Beijing. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

CAMP ROCK CAMP ROCK: Festival-goers camped out Friday for the Jisan Valley Rock Festival in Icheon, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

CONVENTION TIME CONVENTION TIME: People lined up Friday at Ani-Com & in Hong Kong, Ani-Com, a fair for comics, animation, games and toys. Organizers are expecting record crowds as scores of fans camped out for nine days to buy coveted limited edition toys. (Mike Clarke/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FROM ANOTHER ERA FROM ANOTHER ERA: A couple posed for pictures at London’s Vintage Festival on Friday. Festival-goers celebrated seven decades of British music, dance, fashion, food, art, design and film from the 1920s to the 1980s. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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FARMING FILM: Farm worker Dariusz Rekowski covered asparagus fields with protective plastic film in Beelitz, Germany, Wednesday. (Markus Schreiber/Associated Press)

BLOODY FACE: Police carried away an injured colleague after a clash with protesters Wednesday in the Oued Koriche suburb of Algiers, Algeria. Residents protested against a plan to demolish houses built without proper approval. (Louafi Larbi/Reuters)

UNCERTAIN MARKET: A trader worked at the Egyptian Stock Exchange in Cairo Wednesday. Egypt’s stock market plummeted almost 9% on its first day of trading in nearly two months, with foreign investors leading a selloff that offered a window into concerns about the country’s stability. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)

PEACE: Soldiers took a break after receiving flowers from demonstrators demanding the resignation of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Wednesday. Parliament passed a law that suspends the constitution and enables his security forces to arrest opponents. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

STILL SUFFERING: A man looked through a window in a hospital for leukemia patients in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday. Patients, some of them victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, undergo medical treatment at the hospital. (Alexander Khudoteply/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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