Coal’s effects on health and the environment

The_mining_and_burni250‘The mining and burning of coal: effects on health and the environment’ was published in September 2011.

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• Australia’s coal conundrum is that all political parties say they are concerned about climate change while sanctioning an unprecedented expansion of coalmining and coal seam gas extraction in Australia.

• Australia’s coal contributes to climate change and its global health impacts.

• Each phase of coal’s lifecycle (mining, disposal of contaminated water and tailings, transportation, washing, combustion, and disposing of postcombustion wastes) produces pollutants that affect human health.

• Communities in which coalmining or burning occurs have been shown to suffer significant health impacts.

• The health and climate costs of coal are unseen, and when costs to health systems are included, coal is an expensive fuel.

Written by:
• William M Castleden – MS, FRCS, FRACS, Emeritus Consultant
• David Shearman – PhD, FRACP, Emeritus Professor, and Honorary Secretary
• George Crisp – MB BS, MRCGP, General Practitioner, Member
• Philip Finch – MB BS, FFARCS, Director, and Adjunct Professor

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