Reports in topic: Health

Coal Kills: Health Impacts of Air Pollution from India’s Coal Power Expansion

As the 3rd largest economy in the world with more than a billion people, the supply of power in India can scarcely keep up with demand. Across the country, households and industry suffer from regular power cuts, while more than 400 million lack access to even this unreliable supply. Given the energy scenario, the need to expand power generation capacity and deliver more electricity for India is immediate.

Silent Killers: why Europe must replace coal power with green energy

This Greenpeace International report investigates the health impacts of each of the 300 operating large power plants in the EU, as well as the predicted impact of 50 new projects if they come online. Using a sophisticated health impact assessment model, the report estimates that pollution from coal-fired power plants in the EU resulted in thousands of premature deaths, shortening the lives of Europeans by an estimated total of 240,000 lost life years in 2010.

The Unpaid Health Bill: how coal power plants are making us sick

Emissions from coal power plants in Europe contribute significantly to the burden of disease from environmental pollution. The figures published in this report from the Health and Environment Alliance show that European Union-wide impacts amount to more than 18,200 premature deaths, about 8,500 new cases of chronic bronchitis, and over 4 million lost working days each year. The economic costs of the health impacts from coal combustion in Europe are estimated at up to €42.8 billion per year.

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.

Scientific Evidence of Health Effects from Coal Use in Energy Generation

This report from Health Care Without Harm and the University of Illinois at Chicago includes a summary of the scientific research and evidence of health effects from the use of coal for energy generation. Its aim is to serve as a resource for those interested in the evidence from the health research literature addressing the health effects of the use of coal, focusing primarily on air emissions from coal combustion.