Coal is a form of fossil fuel that can be used to generate energy however it can also do harm to our environment and human health. According to a study, a standard coal power plant produces an average amount of 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide enough to cause acid rains; it also generates 500 tons of small airborne particles which can cause respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis, aggravated asthma and other lung diseases while in some cases it can even cause premature death; 225 pounds of arsenic, 114 pounds of lead, 4 pounds of cadmium and other toxic heavy metals are also produced by a typical coal power plant. These compounds and metals are all poisonous and carcinogenic thus can really ruin lives and natural environment.

Coal is burned to extract the energy but if not burned efficiently, even the radioactive materials contained by coal would be emitted thus will cause further harm to nearby community and our environment. Many coal-fired power plants claim that they are now using new technologies to address these problems however it still does not guarantee that it will no longer emit harmful substances. Atmospheric emissions would be lessen probably but still contributes to global warming.

In the Philippines, many environmentalists are taking actions to stop the coal-fired power plants in the country because of its continuous impact on the environment and public health. There have been some incidents recorded wherein residents complained about the foul fumes and symptoms of sickness like headaches, nausea and dizziness.

With today’s technology we can choose an alternative energy to avoid coal and its adverse effects. Why not consider green technologies like biosphere technology? This technology is a waste to energy system that can eliminate waste materials and then convert these into green energy or electricity. To learn more about this breakthrough in waste management log on to

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