New Wirek Coal Mine


It operated between the years 1954–1995 in Kochłowice in Ruda Śląska. There were frequent rock bursts and methane releases there, e.g. in 1995, five miners died due to a rock burst. In the Polish People's Republic, more than 40 blocks of flats, a kindergarten, a casualty department, and six two-family houses were built for the mine's employees.

An estimated 1,400 girls are not born every year in Armenia due to a rooted preference for male children. The son-bias combined with a lower birth rate, has led to an alarming number of sex-selective abortions. Community activities, various laws and television shows are addressing the issue - with positive results. But is the actual problem being tackled?