Air pollution from power plants is killing people

Air pollution from electricity generation led to 16,000 early deaths in the US in 2014, research finds. And there are disparities in impact by race and location.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: pollution death electricity fossil-fuels united-states coal featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity

Carbon capture might not be such a great idea

Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change electricity carbon-dioxide coal renewable-energy earth-and-environment

Lead isotopes reveal coal fly ash contamination

A new tool can spot contamination from coal fly ash. "Our hope is that this new tracer...will help us provide greater protection to communities at risk."

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution soil lead isotopes coal earth-and-environment

Shift away from coal saves billions of gallons of water

Moving from coal to natural gas could help save a lot of water, but moving to renewables would use just a fraction of the water we use today for power.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability water coal renewable-energy natural-gas earth-and-environment

Coal ash rule would risk putting carcinogen in water

Changing the 2015 Coal Ash Rule risks contaminating water across the country with arsenic, selenium, hexavalent chromium, preliminary findings show.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cancer pollution water coal earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Air pollution causes birth defects and fetal death in rats

A new study shows the dire effects of air pollution during pregnancy.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
May 28, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pregnancy pollution birth-defects coal earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Quantum dots from coal are a promising antioxidant

Quantum dots could make a great antioxidant to treat people who've had brain injuries, heart attacks, or strokes.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
April 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: quantum-dots nanotechnology brains coal antioxidants health-and-medicine oxidative-stress

What are the real health effects of coal power?

Researchers modeled and calculated the side effects of coal power for each of the 7,861 power plant units in the world. These are the worst.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability pollution electricity coal renewable-energy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

China’s new methane regulations aren’t working

"...the numbers show that China's methane regulations, in particular, have not had any detectable impact on their emissions."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: china methane coal emissions earth-and-environment

Coal power regulations neglect sulfur dioxide danger

Residents living around coal power plants could breathe cleaner, healthier air if regulations did more to address the pollutant.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Nov. 1, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: air-pollution coal emissions earth-and-environment health-and-medicine sulfur-dioxide

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