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The silent epidemic : coal and the hidden threat to health / Alan H. Lockwood.

Lockwood, Alan H. (Author).

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Erlanger Branch 363.179 L817s 2012 (Text) 33126013473057 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780262017893 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 026201789X (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xi, 229 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2012.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the adverse health effects of burning coals. Lockwood's comprehensive treatment examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning, and disposal--each of which generates significant health concerns. He describes coal pollution's effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems, and how these problems will only get worse; explains the impact of global warming on coal-related health problems; and discusses possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Coal > Environmental aspects.
Pollution > Health aspects.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2012 November #1

    Lockwood (neurology & nuclear medicine, emeritus, SUNY Buffalo) contends that coal-derived pollutants are causing significant disease and death in the United States. About half of the nation's electricity is generated by 600 coal-fired power plants, which burn a billion tons of coal each year. Lockwood discusses some of the hazardous substances these plants release, in spite of pollution-control equipment, and their effects on public health. While coal is called an affordable resource, Lockwood points out that each plant averages $156 million per year in calculated damages. He states that coal mining and burning also play a part in climate change. Carbon dioxide capture and storage could help, he believes, but the industry has not even begun to implement that complex technology. Lockwood, who was the lead author of a 2009 white paper, "Coal's Assault on Human Health," fills the book with references to many other scientific studies and government reports. VERDICT This book is an urgent call for Americans to support a rapid shift to cleaner electric power sources. The evidence provided should be of vital interest to everyone who uses electricity.—David Conn, formerly with Surrey Libs., BC

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