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J Public Health Policy. 2014 Aug;35(3):266-77. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2014.16. Epub 2014 May 15.

Beyond black lung: scientific evidence of health effects from coal use in electricity generation.

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University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, 835 S. Wolcott, Suite E-144, MC 684, Chicago, Illinois, 60612, USA.

Abstract

While access to electricity affects health positively, combustion of coal in power plants causes well-documented adverse health effects. We review respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, and neurologic health outcomes associated with exposure to coal-fired power plant emissions. We also discuss population-level health effects of coal combustion and its role in climate change. Our review of scientific studies suggests that those we present here can be used to inform energy policy.

PMID:
24831676
DOI:
10.1057/jphp.2014.16
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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