Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants

MASAKHANE, 8 September 2014 (IRIN) – South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants.

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