Europe has a coal problem
Climate change means droughts, floods, rising sea levels, extreme weather and nature loss
How much carbon dioxide we release will decide how serious these impacts are. Burning coal is a major contributor
To protect the climate, coal’s share of global electricity supply must be cut to 2% by 2050
But governments in the EU hand out billions in subsidies to prop up coal every year
And coal’s toxic problems don’t end with climate change
Coal burning blights lives and destroys nature
It seeps poisonous heavy metals into our rivers and habitats
Mining destroys whole villages and the communities that built them
The polluting impacts of Europe’s coal habit stretch around the globe
So ClientEarth is taking action
What’s wrong with coal?
It’s well known that coal plays a major part in driving climate change.
What are less widely known are coal’s insidious health effects.
Between coal dust, ash and stack emissions, the coal industry exposes everyone to mercury, arsenic, sulphur and nitrogen oxides, all of which pose proven and serious health risks.
In Bulgaria, figures show the rate of lung disease is dramatically elevated in the areas around coal plants. Meanwhile, a recent US study showed that the rate of premature births fell in areas near coal power plants when they closed.