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Health bodies urge UK government to begin phasing out coal power

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 18 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5621
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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

An alliance of UK health organisations has urged the government to fulfil its pledge to phase out coal power as soon as possible to protect the public’s health.

In its new report,1 published on Tuesday 18 October, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which includes medical royal colleges and The BMJ among its members, urges the government to legislate to end the burning of coal by 2025 to fulfil a pledge made by ministers almost a year ago.2

The report, A Breath of Fresh Air, said that …

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