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The Lancet: 9 Million Premature Deaths from Pollution

A startling report from The Lancet says that over 9 million people die annually from pollution. It further suggests that with more study this initial number may, in fact, be much higher. The Lancet researchers also say it costs the global economy over $5 trillion annually.

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The Lancet report: Pollution and Health Infographic
The Lancet Infographic

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“Air Pollution Kills 9 Million, Costs $5 Trillion Per Year”EcoWatch

“The world’s ‘Number One killer’ a new study says, causing more premature deaths than war, terrorism, natural disasters, cigarettes and disease.” Voice of America

“In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form — air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet.” CNN

“Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year. The deaths attributed to pollution are triple those from Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.”The Guardian

Genon K. Jensen, the executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), welcomed the report and said it “shows we have the necessary data to address this problem and more importantly, that we can win”.Euractive

“My colleagues and I knew that pollution killed a lot of people. But we certainly did not have any idea of the total magnitude.” Philip Landrigan, dean of global health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and co-chair of the commission — National Post

“Pollution is linked to about 9 million deaths each year — three times as many deaths as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined — according to a new large report published in The Lancet. It says pollution played a role in one in six of all deaths across the globe in 2015.”CBS News

Coal Weighs In on US Election

Why Is Coal Suddenly Becoming A Major Talking Point In The Presidential Election?

In late 2015, report after report after report showed that coal consumption on the global scale was headed for an impressive decline, and that dependence on it had peaked. For example, China was rapidly decreasing their dependence on the oily black rock and when this decline was paired with declining reliance in the U.S. it made the entire industry significantly weaker.

Coal fired power generation
Many power plant operators in the U.S.A. and elsewhere are converting their operations to natural gas-fired power generation. It’s worth noting that natural gas-fired power generation emits less than half the amount of CO2.


Natural Gas Price Signals End of Coal for China

Natural Gas price lures customers from coal

Natural Gas: Coal consumption in Beijing, China 2010-2017
China’s natural gas demand has been boosted by price cuts aimed at switching users from coal to the cleaner fuel. Image shows coal consumption in Beijing, China 2010-2017.

>>China’s gas demand expanded 3.3 percent in 2015, while coal consumption dropped 3.7 percent, declining for the second year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

>>Coal use will slip further this year amid tepid demand from industrial users, according to the China Coal Industry Association.

>>The country’s LNG imports in the first two months of 2016 jumped more than 14 percent and shipments by pipeline rose 15 percent to a record.





Planetary Energy Graphic

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U.S. Energy Subsidies

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U.S. Jobs by Energy Type

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Energy Water Useage

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U.S. Energy Rates by State

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Our energy comes from many sources, including coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables.

As nonrenewable sources such as coal diminish due to market forces and consumer preference, the need for renewable energy sources grows.

Some U.S. states satisfy their growing renewable energy needs with wind, solar and hydropower.

Wind: Texas has the capacity to generate 18,500 megawatts hours of electricity through wind, and expects to add another 5,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity from facilities under construction.

Solar: California’s solar farms and small-scale solar power systems have 14,000 megawatts of solar power generating capacity.

Hydroelectric: Washington state hydroelectric power produces two-thirds of its net electricity.

Information courtesy of ChooseEnergy.com


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A Living Wage

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