And yet we still subsidise the coal industry, including the UK and Germany. How can this be justified on any level other than vested interest and backward thinking. The health and climate impacts of fossil fuels is now well known and indisputable, and to continue burning this stuff is a crime. We have clean tech solutions, now, ready to ramp up at incredible speed, we have funding capabilities, all we are missing is political will. Time to ACT.
According to a recent report titled Europe’s Dark Cloud, 22,900 premature deaths are caused each year in the European Union by coal dust. 11,800 new cases of chronic bronchitis and 21,900 hospital admissions in 2013 were also linked to coal plants.