Human Cost of Coal (Maps & Facts)

Published on February 17th, 2012 | by

February 17th, 2012 by

 
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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