With an ever-increasing energy demand, the use of fossil fuels is steadily on the rise.
But so are air pollution and the concerns over its consequences on our health.
Air pollution, in fact, increases the risks of asthma and heart attacks, as well as the overall mortality rate.
However, according to a group of scientists led by engineers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, fossil-fuel-based power plants could minimize their health impact in an affordable way.
All it takes is some smart coordination.
The scientists developed a method to analyze the energy production in an area, predict where emissions from each power plant are headed, and how hazardous they can be in the following hours.