Coal-exit health and environmental damage reductions outweigh economic impacts

@article{Rauner2020CoalexitHA,
  title={Coal-exit health and environmental damage reductions outweigh economic impacts},
  author={Sebastian Rauner and Nico Bauer and Alois Dirnaichner and Rita Van Dingenen and Christopher L. Mutel and Gunnar Luderer},
  journal={Nature Climate Change},
  year={2020},
  volume={10},
  pages={308-312}
}
Cheap and abundant coal fuelled the industrialization of Europe, North America and Asia 1 . However, the price tag on coal has never reflected the external cost to society; coal combustion produces more than a third of today’s global CO 2 emissions and is a major contributor to local adverse effects on the environment and public health, such as biodiversity loss and respiratory diseases. Here, we show that phasing out coal yields substantial local environmental and health benefits that outweigh… 
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