Coal’s Assault on Human Health with Dr. Alan Lockwood
Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Call Recording
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At every stage – from mining, transportation, storage, combustion, and disposal of post-combustion wastes – coal development threatens human and environmental health. Pollutants from coal damage all major organ systems in the human body and contribute to four of the five leading causes of death in the United States.
Dr. Lockwood is the principal author of the PSR medical report “Coal’s Assault on Human Health” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and dozens of other substances known to be hazardous to human health. This report looks at the cumulative harm inflicted by those pollutants on three major body organ systems: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, and the nervous system.
Join this call to learn more about:
- How coal development impacts human health
Dr. Alan Lockwood, Professor of Neurology at the University of Buffalo, is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is principal author of the PSR medical report “Coal’s Assault on Human Health”; which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body.
- Physicians for Social Responsibility medical report “Coal’s Assault on Human Health”
- Information about the Health Hazards of Coal Development at Alaska Community Action on Toxics.
- Alaska has 1/8th of the world’s coal reserves which is 1/2 of the reserves in the United States. Coal development projects have been proposed in much of Alaska.
- Groundtruth Trekking: Information from the ground on Alaska Coal. Learn more about active coal projects in Alaska:
- Matanuska Valley Coalition (www.MatValley.org): local citizens concerned about proposed coal mines at Wishbone Hill, Jonesville, and Chickaloon all located in the Matanuska Moose Range near Palmer.
- Castle Mountain Coalition
- Chuitna Citizen’s Coalition: concerned about coal development of the Chuitna watershed in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Toxic Threat: Coal and Your Health
Local presentations with Dr. Alan Lockwood.
- Fairbanks: 2/15/12, 6:30 reception, 7pm Presentation @ Wood Center Ballroom, UAF, 505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks
- Palmer: 2/16/12, 6:30 reception, 7pm Presentation @ Palmer Train Depot, 610 South Valley Way, Palmer
- Homer: 2/17/12, 6:30 reception, 7pm Presentation @ Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Hwy, Homer
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