Coal production poses serious risks to the health of local communities, as well as causing substantial environmental damage – both of which incur substantial economic costs. The impacts on local communities in the Hunter Valley include exposure to harmful air, noise and water pollution, distress associated with social disruption, and a sense of abandonment as government's prioritise the interests of the coal industry above that of the community.
Coal and health in the Hunter: lessons from one valley for the world is a new report produced on behalf of the Climate and Health Alliance to be released on Monday 23 February 2015. It provides a comprehensive analysis of what the rapid expansion of coal mining in the Hunter Valley means for the health of the local population as well as the risk to the global community from the contribution to climate change from coal exports.
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