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Coal's Assault on Human Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and dozens of other substances known to be hazardous to human health. This report looks at the cumulative harm inflicted by those pollutants on three major body organ systems: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, and the nervous system. The report also considers coal’s contribution to global warming, and the health implications of global warming.
Download the report:
Executive Summary (pdf)
Full report (pdf)
Download by chapter:
Front Matter (pdf)
Chapter 1 Introduction (pdf)
Chapter 2 Life Cycle of Coal (pdf)
Chapter 3 Respiratory Effects (pdf)
Chapter 4 Cardiovascular Effects (pdf)
Chapter 5 Neurological Effects (pdf)
Chapter 6 Global Warming (pdf)
Chapter 7 Policy Recommendations (pdf)
On November 14, 2009, Kentucky Heartwood lead a hike to Rock Creek in McCreary County, site of our appeal victory earlier this year. The hike took us along the 5.2 mile loop made by Marks Branch Trail, the Sheltowee Trace, and Gobbler's Arch Trail. It was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day as we hiked along clear streams and beneath giant sandstone walls, and passed through forests of chestnut oak, black gum, beech, poplar, hemlock, and black birch (to name just a few).
To see more pictures from the hike click here.
The Forest Service trail map can be found here.