- Created on 05 March 2013
IT has been known for a long time air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels is dangerous to people’s health.
An article published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in 2007 calculated these costs in deaths and serious illnesses.
The researchers found air pollution from coal fired power stations results in 24 deaths and 225 serious illnesses per TerraWatt-hour (TWh) of electricity generated.
The study referred to Europe.
It can be calculated the Ceres Project, if built, will generate about 2TWh of electricity each year.
If The Lancet figures are applicable to Australia, and if half of the electricity generated by the wind farm takes the place of coal-fired generation, about 24 deaths and 225 serious illnesses each year will be avoided because of the Ceres Project.
Of course, damage to the earth from climate change if we keep on burning fossil fuels is on top of the direct health impacts.
The Ceres Project will generate about as much clean electricity as 600,000 typical roof-top solar power installations.
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David Clarke, Crystal Brook