The solution is simple. We must phase out coal power.
Recent studies have shown that coal-fired power plants cause the premature death of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Furthermore, they are the biggest single group of CO2 sources that can be PHASED OUT within a dozen years or so, since alternative sources of clean, affordable, low-carbon electric power are widely available. Despite what we know about the impacts of coal, it continues to be one of the largest energy sources used today.
ExitCoalNow (ECN) is a worldwide coalition of NGOs and citizens who are urging world leaders to require that each country moves towards an exit from coal as an electric power source by 2040 or earlier, and 2030 or earlier in Europe and North America. For the sake of public health and the urgency of climate change, the most advanced countries should strive to beat those deadlines and reach that goal by 2025.
Just how bad is coal?