Reports in topic: General

Digging Deeper: The Human Rights Impacts of Coal in the Global South

Coal was at the heart of the first Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America. Today, in much of the Western world, it seems like an anachronism, a fuel from a dirtier time, when workers’ black lung and soot-coated growing cities were accepted as the cost of progress. Today, despite sluggish growth in coal consumption among developed countries and strong advocacy for transitioning away from coal around the upcoming Paris climate change negotiations, coal production and use have yet to decline globally. Much of this has to do with increasing production and demand in the Global South.

Coal’s Terminal Decline

This year is on course to see the largest fall in coal consumption in history, a Greenpeace study has shown. There has been a drop of at least 2.3% and possibly as much as 4.6% in January-September 2015, compared to the same period a year ago. It follows the levelling off of global coal use in 2014, and creates a nightmare scenario for the coal industry.

Human Cost of Coal Power: Indonesia

This report documents the human cost of existing and planned coal plants in Indonesia. The report finds that existing coal-fired power plants in Indonesia cause an estimated 6,500 premature deaths every year, and that if all 117 proposed coal plants are built in Indonesia, they could cause an estimated 28,300 premature deaths every year.