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October 22, 2006

Coal: more deaths per year than Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A Harvard study indicates over 100,000 premature deaths from coal in China each year. Lung cancer has doubled in China. 600,000 lung cancer deaths each year

About 10,000 mining deaths in the world each year

24,000 lives in the US are shortened each year from coal

Another study of health impacts from coal. Issues of Arsenic and Mercury

Over 200,000 premature deaths from coal every year. Some estimates are over 1,000,000. That is more than the deaths of Hiroshima and Nagasaki every year.

In 2002, The economist magazine called coal environmental enemy number 1

Other reading:
Coal Chernobyl twice a week

Nuclear power is what can scale up the fastest to replace coal. Solar and wind will take a lot longer. Decades longer would mean millions more dead from coal.

We need scale up with thorium liquid fluoride reactors Two were built by the US in the 1960s. It is not hypothetical technology.

1 comments:

Sigma said...

I agree. If we are to build more nuclear reactors, we should be using Thorium primarily!

BTW, Brian here is a news article you may find interesting:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0610/S00035.htm

It involves the use of DNA for computing.