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Health Impacts of Coal Combustion
This USGS report provides information about the effects of coal combustion on human health. It explains the hazards associated with emissions from both large-scale coal burning electrical plants and domestic cook stoves used in developing nations. In particular, the report discusses specific instances of disease related to the emission of arsenic, fluorine, selenium, thorium, uranium, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons released by burning low-grade coal in poorly vented cook stoves in China.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Report
  • Biology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. Credit can be provided by including on the page (or via a link to a credits page) a citation such as: Credit: U. S. Geological Survey U. S. Geological Survey/photo by Jane Doe (if the artist is known) USGS/Ft. Collins, CO (if originating office but not the artist is known)
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-525
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Geology and Human Health'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Robert B. Finkleman
United States Geological Survey