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The Silent Epidemic
Author: Alan H. Lockwood

ISBN: 9780262526098
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 14 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
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Why our dependence on coal-produced energy is bad for our health: a physician maps the connections of burning coal to death and disease.

We will not find "exposure to burning coal" listed as the cause of death on a single death certificate, but tens of thousands of deaths from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other illnesses are clearly linked to coal-derived pollution. As politicians and advertising campaigns extol the virtues of "clean coal," the dirty secret is that coal kills. In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the adverse health effects of burning coal. 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 possib...

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