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South Africa’s coal-fired power stations carry heavy health costs

The Guardian, 9 September, 2014.

In the settlement of Masakhane near the Duvha plant, residents wear masks to avoid breathing in the coal dust.

Power lines fan out from Duvha power station near the settlement of Masakhane in Mpumalanga province. Photograph: Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85% of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A report from Greenpeace (pdf) in February estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants…

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