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 | Nov. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | May 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | April 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Feb. 21, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Jan. 29, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment china coal emissions methane

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 | Nov. 1, 2018 | futurity
~5 mins   

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

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