Coal Is The Deadliest Energy Source, Followed By Oil

Posted: Jul 6 2010, 1:36pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:15am CDT, in News | Technology News


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Nifty science news site Next Big Future has just posted up a list of the fatalities per TWh (terawatt hour) for all major energy sources. Coal tops the list, with a world-average of 161 dead people for Twh generated. Next is oil, with a total of 36 deaths per TWh provided. Nuclear energy has the lowest rate, with only .04 people dying for each TWh.

Rooftop solar power and wind power both came in as more dangerous than nuke power, although all three are extremely low casualty methods. .44 deaths per TWh for Solar, and only .15 wind. Hydroelectric power kills around 1.4 people worldwide per every TWh, and less than .10 people per TWh in Europe.

The full article describes the data-gathering behind this information in exhaustive detail. If you're at all interested in the way human beings use energy, it is a must-read.

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