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The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Alan H. Lockwood M.D.

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Energy policy is health policy. In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood makes clear that coal is a pressing health concern. Just as a microbiology text analyzes bacteria, this book provides a guide for medical and public health thinking about coal. Highly recommended.
Howard Frumkin, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Washington

The Silent Epidemic provides an exacting and sobering account of one of the fastest growing problems confronting our planetpollution from coal. The analytical breadth as well as the readability of Alan Lockwood s study make it a unique and powerful resource for health care providers, policy makers and concerned citizens alike.
Stanley B. Prusiner, Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Lockwood s prose is measured. His tone is dispassionate. And his prognosis is chilling. This book is must reading for environmental scientists and health professionals. It should also be on the bookshelves of energy policy makers, power company executives, urban planners, elected officials, and concerned citizens. Dr. Lockwood s diagnosis affects us all.
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., MSc., Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

We ve known for centuries that coal pollution is harmful and even deadly, but The Silent Epidemic painstakingly documents the full extent of coal s malignant effects on our health and society and adds urgency to ending our dependence on a fuel that deserves no place in a clean and healthy economy.

--Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

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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 <I>The Silent Epidemic</I>, 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 possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution. Coal fueled the industrial revolution and has become a major source of energy in virtually every country. In the United States, almost half of the energy used to generate electricity comes from burning coal. Relatively few people are aware of the health threats posed by coal-derived pollutants, and those who are aware lack the political clout of the coal industry. Lockwood's straightforward description of coal as a health hazard is especially timely, given the barrage of marketing efforts to promote coal as part of "energy independence." His message is clear and urgent: "Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8979 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (17 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009093NT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,269,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not at war with coal 1 Oct 2012
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"The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health" is a timely, necessary, and balanced examination of a subject that elicits highly emotional responsea in our society, both pro and con. The subject is approached carefully, and presented in a rational, dispassionate, informed manner. The book is well organized, and readers are explicitly invited to concentrate on areas that interest them most if they wish. Some of the material presented is quite technical, but Dr. Lockwood has taken care to make it accessible to the interested general reader.

This is an subject that is important today, and both public and private discourse can only be enriched by an increased level of carefully vetted information.
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