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Silent epidemic : coal and the hidden threat to health.
Lockwood, Alan H.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2012.
xi, 229 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
"Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the adverse health effects of burning coals. Lockwood's comprehensive treatment examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning, and disposal--each of which generates significant health concerns. He describes coal pollution's effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems, and how these problems will only get worse; explains the impact of global warming on coal-related health problems; and discusses possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution."--Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Coal -- The pollutants -- From mine to ash -- Mitigation of pollutants from burning coal -- Pathophysiology: how pollution damages cells and tissues -- Basic health considerations -- Diseases of the respiratory system -- Diseases of the cardiovascular system -- Diseases of the nervous system -- Health effects on the horizon -- Coal, global warming, and health -- Energy and health care economics -- Policy implications.
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