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The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

About the Book: In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the impacts of the coal fuel cycle on human health. Lockwood’s comprehensive treatment examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning, and disposal—each of which generates significant health concerns. He explains the impact of global warming on coal-related health problems and discusses possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution.

Order Online: The Silent Epidemic (published by MIT Press) is available from Amazon

What people are saying:

"Energy policy is health policy. In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood makes clear that coal is a pressing health concern. Just as a microbiology text analyzes bacteria, this book provides a guide for medical and public health thinking about coal. Highly recommended." --Howard Frumkin, MD, DPH, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Washington

"We've known for centuries that coal pollution is harmful and even deadly, but The Silent Epidemic painstakingly documents the full extent of coal's malignant effects on our health and society-and adds urgency to ending our dependence on a fuel that deserves no place in a clean and healthy economy." --Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"Dr. Lockwood's prose is measured. His tone is dispassionate. And his prognosis is chilling. This book is must reading for environmental scientists and health professionals. It should also be on the bookshelves of energy policy makers, power company executives, urban planners, elected officials and concerned citizens. Dr. Lockwood's diagnosis affects us all."  --Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc., Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, member Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

"The Silent Epidemic provides an exacting and sobering account of one of the fastest growing problems confronting our planet-pollution from coal. The analytical breadth as well as the readability of Alan Lockwood's study make it a unique and powerful resource for health care providers, policy makers and concerned citizens alike." --Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Press coverage

"How the Clean Air Act Has Saved $22 Trillion in Health-Care Costs," The Atlantic. September 07, 2012

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WCMU Public Broadcasting, Michigan Regional NPR, September 12, 2012

"New Book Links Coal Burning With Disease and Death," John Ostapkovich, CBS Philly. September 15, 2012

Global Health Institute Seminar Series. September 18, 2012

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, At Issue with Ben Merens, Wisconsin Public Radio. September 19, 2012.

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, with Chris Oaks on Good Mornings, WFIN-AM broadcast throughout Toledo & Findley, Ohio. September 19, 2012

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WOJB-FM NPR, broadcast throughout Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota September, 24, 2012

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WAMV-AM, broadcast throughout Roanoke & Amherst, Virginia. September 24, 2012

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WISR-AM, broadcast throughout Butler and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 24, 2012

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WHIO-AM, broadcast throughout Dayton, Ohio, September 24, 2012

Interview with Author of the Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health Speaks in Cleveland today. Sounds of Ideas, Health Reporter Anne Glausser, Cleveland & Northeast Ohio, WCPN-FM 90.3 NPR. September 27, 2012.

"Book reveals health hazards from coal," by Ellen GoldBaum, UB Reporter. September 27, 2012

The Morning Show with Neal Steele, Gloucester & Norfolk, VA, WXGM-FM Radio. September 28, 2012.

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WNTJ-AM, Johnston & Somerset, Pennsylvania, October 1, 2012.

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, at WORT Community Radio, Wisconsin, October 09, 2012.

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, with Kathryn Raaker on "Let's Just Talk," broadcast throughout phoenix & Cincinnati, October 14, 2012.

The Progressive weekly pod cast interviews Dr. Alan Lockwood. October, 2012.

Interview with Dr. Alan Lockwood, Patty Satalia, WPSU producer talks with Dr. Lockwood on coal production and electricity generation in PA and the human health impacts.  The interview was broadcast throughout WITF-FM, Penn State University (heard throughout Central PA), November 12, 2012.

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