Muswellbrook Chronicle: Our health at risk

About 35 people attended the Muswellbrook and District Workers Club on Wednesday to hear the findings of a new report claiming coal mining affects public health. Lead author Fiona Armstrong told the Muswellbrook audience coal is becoming an unwelcome health burden that carries other economic and social costs for Hunter Valley communities. Continue reading

Singleton Argus: Health concerns raised at meeting

Once you recognise health is being harmed, the first thing you must do is stop making the situation worse. This is the opinion of Fiona Armstrong, author of Coal and health in the Hunter: Lessons from one valley for the world, a report which was released last week by the Climate and Health Alliance. Continue reading

Newcastle Herald: Costs of coal are too high

We have a situation in the Hunter where the precious commodities of clean air, soil and water are knowingly compromised in the interests of mining royalties, where the profits of international companies are prioritised over the interests of other thriving industries, community health and wellbeing, and the protection of valuable agricultural land. Continue reading

Media Release: Minerals Council’s claims about Hunter Valley air quality misleading

The suggestion by the NSW Minerals Council today that there is no evidence of harm from coal pollution is ludicrous, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) said today. “In fact there is a huge body of evidence in the peer reviewed scientific literature that shows the toll from coal on a broad range of negative health impacts, including from air pollution associated with coal dust and coal combustion and blasting,” said Fiona Armstrong, author of the Coal and Health in the Hunter report released by CAHA today. Continue reading

ABC: Report calls for ban on new coal projects in the Hunter

A new report being released today by a coalition of health organisations is calling for a ban on all new coal projects in the Hunter Valley. The report produced by health experts, academics and environmental scientists on behalf of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) highlights what it terms 'serious threats to human health' from the rapid expansion of the Hunter's coal industry. Continue reading

ABC Radio National: call for Hunter Valley coal mine ban

A group of health professionals and environmentalists are calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird to ban new coal mining in the Hunter Valley. The lobby group includes former Australians of the Year Professors Fiona Stanley and Tim Flannery, who say that the health and environmental cost of coal is now too high to justify new projects. Continue reading

Newcastle Herald: Call to cut the coal

New mines should be banned in the Hunter and moves made to phase out the coal industry because of its damage to human health, which is costing the community more than $650million a year, a report prepared by health experts, academics and environmental scientists says. The Climate and Health Alliance, which includes former Australians of the Year Professor Tim Flannery and Professor Fiona Stanley, will issue  a letter to Premier Mike Baird on Monday calling on his government not to approve any new coal projects in the region. Continue reading

The Guardian: NSW urged to ban new coal mines in the Hunter Valley on health and climate grounds

Famed Nasa climate scientist James Hansen has joined 21 other academics to urge the New South Wales government to ban new coal mines in the Hunter Valley, saying mining is putting residents’ health at risk. In a pre-election salvo, a letter to NSW premier Mike Baird raises concerns about health impacts from air pollution, degradation of underground water and soil and the resulting “dangerous changes” to Australia’s climate due to the release of greenhouse gases. Continue reading

SMH: Hunter Valley coal's annual health bill $600 million, doctors groups say

The coal industry in the Hunter Valley could leave taxpayers with annual health bills running into the hundreds of millions of dollars and further mine expansion should be halted,  a report released by 28 health groups says. The Coal and Health in the Hunter report by the Climate and Health Alliance estimates that burning coal for electricity in the valley alone produces health damage in the order of $600 million annually from the resulting air pollution, including the release of small particles. Continue reading

Media Release: Health leaders call on NSW Premier to ban new coal mines in Hunter

New report counts high economic costs of health impacts from coal A comprehensive report, released today by a coalition of 28 key health organisations, highlights the serious threats to human health from the rapid expansion of the Hunter coal industry, calculates the burden of this health damage to the economy and, significantly, calls for a ban on new coal projects in the region and an orderly transition away from coal. [Attached] High profile figures including former Australians of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley and Professor Tim Flannery and former NASA scientist James Hansen, and 23 other academics and public health experts, have signed an open letter to the NSW Premier (below) demanding the phasing out of coal production in the Hunter. Continue reading