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Electricity production is rife with externalities. Mining for raw materials often causes water pollution, habitat destruction and socio-economic harm. Burning coal pollutes the air, sickening and killing people, and introduces toxic mercury into the aquatic food chain. Nuclear-power plants require the clean-up and maintenance of radioactive materials after decommissioning. Energy production uses water, sometimes at the expense of agriculture and ecosystems. Centuries of fossil-fuel use have released more than 1 trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, causing climate change that is already leading to a rise in sea level, extreme storms and droughts. If this continues unchecked, it will amplify the damage it is already causing to infrastructure and businesses, threatening global food security and undermining political stability.

Erica Goes, ‘The real cost of energy’

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