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Mpumalanga coal-fired power stations top source of nitrogen dioxide pollution

BERN MAGUIRE, Solenco
 March 24, 2019
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Eskom’s cluster of 12 coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga is the biggest source of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the world, according to environmental rights organisation Greenpeace.
The province also ranked third in the world for the even deadlier sulphur dioxide, emitted by Eskom’s aging coal fleet. 

This is according to two Greenpeace studies, based on a full year’s satellite data analysis. Greenpeace was previously criticised by scientists, including Professor Rebecca Garland from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, for making this claim based on three months’ “seasonal” data.
Both nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide can have devastating impacts on human health resulting in respiratory conditions, lung and heart disease.


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