"Abandoned coal mines across the UK could be brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to academics.
"Advocates say subterranean farms could yield up to ten times as much as farms above ground.
"It could also breathe new life into many mines that have been closed since the decline of the UK coal industry in the late 1980s and offer a cheaper alternative to vertical farming in giant greenhouses."
@socalledunitedstates this is really really interesting, thank you for sharing!
@socalledunitedstates this is good, because now we will have somewhere to live when the air on the surface becomes unbreathable due to excessive burning of fossil fuels and/or governments spraying sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere
@socalledunitedstates I never thought of this, but it's kinda brilliant. Especially since I'm stuck in Ontario's mining country, and I'm kinda sick of having to import all this food from ridiculous distances.
While this is interesting, there is still coal down in the mines. I believe the reason why mines in the UK have not been reopened has been because they are now flooded. If even the fossil fuel industry is not prepared to take on the task of clearing them, do you really think it's likely smaller growing companies will be able to?
Sunbeam City is a solarpunk instance.