The race against climate change: How Wales plans to tackle the dangers posed by disused coal tips

Nearly 300 of Wales’ 2,000 disused coal tips are considered at ‘high risk’ of endangering life or property, and with climate change expected to lead to more intense rainfall events, that risk is set to grow. Plans to update outdated coal tip safety rules are being drawn up, but who will foot the bill? Catherine Early investigates

by Catherine Early
Tylorstown landslide, February 2018: part of the coal tip slid down into the village after heavy rainfall. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images
Tylorstown landslide, February 2018: part of the coal tip slid down into the village after heavy rainfall. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

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