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.

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.

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.