Resources in Myth: Coal is Clean

Coal Kills: An Assessment of Death and Disease caused by India’s Dirtiest Energy Source

This analysis of the health impacts of coal-fired power plants in India finds that coal is taking a heavy toll on human life across large parts of the country. The study by Urban Emissions, Conservation Action Trust, and Greenpeace India finds that in 2011-2012, emissions from Indian coal plants resulted in 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and more than 20 million asthma cases from exposure to PM10 pollution. Additional health impacts are quantified such as hundreds of thousands of heart attacks, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and lost workdays caused by coal-based emissions. Monetary cost associated with these health impacts are estimataed to exceed US$3.3 to $4.6 billion per year.

Dead and Buried: the demise of carbon capture and storage

This report describes the numerous risks that are preventing commercial -scale CCS power stations from ever becoming a realistic energy option. It shows how these risks have been borne out as the coal industry has attempted to make CCS happen.The report then draws on research conducted for Greenpeace by the Institute of Sustainable Futures, University of Sydney, demonstrating the immense economic and technical undertaking that would be required if government aspirations for CCS were based in reality.

The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America’s Dirtiest Energy Source

Among all industrial sources of air pollution, none poses greater risks to human health and the environment than coal fired power plants. Emissions from coal power plants contribute to global warming, ozone smog, haze and perhaps most consequential of all from a public health standpoint, fine particle pollution. This study by the Clean Air Task Force outlines the burden of death and disease from coal based electricity production across the United States.