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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.


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.

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