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

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. Greenpeace released the report in the wake of an application by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to postpone compliance with new minimum emissions standards aimed at reducing the damaging health impacts of air pollution.

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Coal To Be Hardest Hit By Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Much has been written in recent months about carbon-stranded assets – investments in fossil fuel projects that may turn out to be worth far less than investors or companies currently think they will because of measures to cut carbon emissions such as emissions trading schemes and regulation.

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All Coal-Mining Rights Issued in India since 1993 Ruled Illegal

NEW DELHI—India's Supreme Court ruled that all coal-mining licenses distributed since 1993 are illegal, creating uncertainty about where Indian power plants and steelmakers will get the coal they need and complicating the new government's efforts to improve the country's business environment.

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