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Health Effects from Fossil Fuel Generated Energy. From Excavation, to Burning, to Disposal of Waste Jane Bright, HealthLink NESEA Conference March 14, 2007. About HealthLink. Started with cancer question Asked consequences of living under Salem power plant

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health effects from fossil fuel generated energy

Health Effects from Fossil Fuel Generated Energy

From Excavation, to Burning, to Disposal of Waste

Jane Bright, HealthLinkNESEA Conference March 14, 2007

about healthlink
About HealthLink
  • Started with cancer question
  • Asked consequences of living under Salem power plant
  • Formed all volunteer citizens group
  • Got informed
  • Connected with like-minded groups
  • Helped get regulations changed
burning coal and oil respiratory problems
Burning Coal and Oil-Respiratory Problems
  • Smog and Ozone from NOx and SO2
  • Fine Particulates pass through lung tissue
  • Children breathe more air proportionately, more exposed
  • PAHs-known carcinogen
  • Illustration Source: NIHhttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Ards/Ards_HowLungsWork.html
respiratory heart diseases linked to air pollution
Respiratory/Heart Diseases Linked to Air Pollution
  • Asthma
  • Premature deaths
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Restricted activity days
  • Respiratory hospital admissions
  • Cardiovascular hospital admissions
  • Source: Harvard School of Public Health
mercury neurotoxin effects on children
Mercury: Neurotoxin Effects on Children
  • Brain damage
  • Mental retardation
  • Poor coordination
  • Speech difficulties
  • Serious effects on the fetus and newborn
  • Source: Physicians for Social Responsibility
mercury neurotoxin effects on adults
Mercury: Neurotoxin Effects on Adults
  • Personality changes
  • Tremors
  • Vision problems
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Digestive system problems
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal
  • Ocular systems
  • Source: Physicians for Social Responsibility
global warming
Global Warming
  • Above pictures from Greenpeace.
  • Left picture taken in 1922, right picture 2002
global warming and our health
Personal injury from severe storms, lightning, flash floods, and ice storms.

More diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes, such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease.

Toxic algal blooms, or red tides causing severe illnesses, such as paralytic shellfish poisoning

Heat-related illness and death

Global Warming and Our Health
global warming diseases cont
Food contaminated by E. coli, salmonellosis

Hepatitis A, listeria, shigella, cyclospora, and campylobacter from summer heat waves

Increased death rate from heart failure

Source: Death by Degrees from PSR

Decreased air quality from increased ozone (smog) levels

Severe cases of asthma and other respiratory increased allergy problems due to heightened pollen levels and air pollutants

Global Warming Diseases cont:
coal mining
Coal Mining

Source: http://magazine.audubon.org/features0703/photoessay.html

mining results in community destruction
Mining Results in Community Destruction
  • Mountaintop removal, up close and personal in Southern West Virginia.
  • Photo by Vivian Stockman, April 23, 2005
exxon valdez 1 300 miles of shoreline were impacted
Exxon Valdez: 1,300 miles of shoreline were impacted

Source: State of Alaska http://www.evostc.state.ak.us/History/PWSmap.cfm

toxic combustion waste
Lagoons and landfills filled with coal ash present a cancer risk up to 10,000 times greater than federal rules allow, BUT EPA will not regulate!

450 coal-burning utility plants produce more than 130 million tons of ash annually

Leaches into ground water and our drinking water

Source: Earth Justice

Arsenic,

Mercury,

Chromium,

Cadmium,

Lead,

Selenium and

Boron

Cause deformities, reproductive problems and cancers in humans.

Toxic Combustion Waste
what to do
What to Do?
  • Support renewable energy
  • Demand we stop burning and mining fossil fuels
  • Begin with personal conservationPictured: Wind turbines in Denmark
additional resources
HealtLink: http://www.citizensinaction.org/Email: healthlink@healthlink.orgPhone: 781-598-1115

Asthma: EPA http://www.epa.gov/airprogm/oar/oaqps/eog/ozonehealth/effects.html

Health Publications http://www.psr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=enviro_resources

American Lung Associationhttp://www.lungusa.org/site/apps/lk/links.aspx?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=36751

Fine Particulates: Mass DEPhttp://www.mass.gov/?pageID=mg2terminal&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Resident&L2=Environment&L3=Air+Quality&sid=massgov2&b=terminalcontent&f=airquality_particulates&csid=massgov2

Global Warming http://www.heatisonline.org/main.cfmhttp://www.climatenetwork.org/

Power Plant Pollutionhttp://www.uspirg.org/issues/clean-air/cleaning-up-power-plantshttp://www.cleanwateraction.org/energy/index.htm

Coal combustion Waste http://www.catf.us/publications/view/87

Additional Resources