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Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Human Cost of Coal (Maps & Facts)

 
Recenty, the good folks at iLoveMountians.org created 10 awesome maps showing the health and socioeconomic effects of coal and mountaintop removal (MTR) in key MTR and coal-burning regions. The maps are based on data from 21 recent peer-reviewed scientific studies.

“Not only has mountaintop removal permanently destroyed more than 500 Appalachian mountains, but people living near the destruction are 50% more likely to die of cancer and 42% more likely to be born with birth defects compared with other people in Appalachia,” iLoveMountains.org writes.

The maps are embedded below and can also be viewed on the link above.

The studies are also summarized here. Kudos to iLoveMountains.org and the researchers for their great work on this topic!

(If the maps, below, do not load, try refreshing the page.)

Fun stuff, eh? Not really…




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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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