Fact Sheets in topic: Health

Joint Statement on the Health Effects of Coal

This joint statement by Professor Tim Flannery, Professor Fiona Stanley and Dr Liz Hanna of the Climate and Health Alliance outlines the health risks of coal for Australian people and recommends national standards for consistent air, water and soil quality monitoring at and around every coal mine and power station in Australia together with adequate consideration of coal's human health risks in all energy and resources policy and investment decisions.

Mercury is Toxic

Coal-fired power plants are one of the largest sources of pollution in our country. They emit thousands of pounds of toxic mercury pollution every year, as well as arsenic, lead, and acid gases, putting families at risk. This fact sheet from Sierra Club outlines how mercury pollution from coal power plants damages our environment and makes us sick.