Resources

Overheating: Financial Risks from water constraints on Power Generation in Asia

This report from HSBC Climate Change and World Resources Institute finds that emerging Asia is projected to have the fastest growth rate of power consumption in the world yet the availability and quality of freshwater is rapidly declining in many parts of South and Southeast Asia due to demographic pressures and climate change. Furthermore over half of existing and planned capacity for major power companies is located in areas that are considered to be water scarce or stressed.

The Power of Negawatts: Energy Efficiency

Reducing the impact of our use of energy is one of the key technical, political, and even moral challenges facing human society in this century. While our sources of energy have to be made cleaner, our first priority must be to use energy more efficiently. Efficiency measures are cheaper, cleaner and faster to install than any other energy option. And we lose nothing in the bargain – the point of efficiency is to allow us the same levels of productivity or comfort, but with less power.

Coal’s Assault on Human Health

This report from Physicians for Social Responsibility outlines the human health impacts of coal, with a focus on the United States. Each step of the coal lifestyle - mining, transportation, washing, combustion and disposing of post combustion waste - impacts human health. Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States.

Waste Deep: filling mines with coal ash is profit for industry but poison for people

This report from EarthJustice argues for federal regulations on coal combustion waste disposal, in particular safeguards that ensure companies reveal the toxicity of the waste they are dumping, identify sources of ground and surface water that are susceptible to contamination from the dumping and prohibit the dumping of waste directly into ground water. Federal regulations must also require long-term, comprehensive monitoring for pollution from the dumping and ensure that mine owners are financially responsible for the clean up.