Coal exit will benefit health, wealth and nature
(Climate News Network, 30 Mar 2020) Human economies still depend on hydrocarbon fuels. But there are ways to achieve a coal exit, cut emissions and protect health.
A fast coal exit and a switch away from all fossil fuels will offer multiple global benefits. In almost all circumstances, electric cars will be more climate-friendlythan petrol-driven machines, even when that electricity is generated by coal combustion.
And nations that so far rely on coal will save substantially on health costs and environmental damage if they close the pits and convert to renewable energy.
The making and use of concrete – a big source of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere – remains an obdurate source of global warming. But even so there are ways to cut the climate and health damage costs of cement and mortar by more than 40%.