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Phasing Out Coal Power Would Slow Climate Change, Improve Public Health

BMJ Blogs: Nick Watts: Why the global health community is calling on the G7 to pull the plug on coal
Nick Watts, director of the U.K. Health Alliance on Climate Change, discusses the impact of coal-fired power on public health, writing, “Health professionals from around the world have come together to suggest a key treatment to G7 leaders as they strive to lessen the burden of public health emergencies: phasing out coal-fired electricity. … Phasing out coal plants in favor of clean, renewable sources of electricity is the fastest way to simultaneously slow climate change and improve the health of millions globally, and it has a key third benefit of being hugely cost-effective…” (5/18).

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