Coal’s Toll Buried in South Africa

South African government scientists spent years on a study tracking the health toll of the world’s fifth largest coal industry. The damning results are yet to be published.
Among the findings: In the nation’s coal belt, 5,000 South Africans die every year because of the government’s lax enforcement of its own air quality standards.
Nevertheless, officials have issued emissions waivers to state power and fuel companies, defending them as an economic necessity.
But the country pays big: One 2017 estimate found that the health impacts from 1 company’s emissions alone cost South Africa $2.37 billion every year.

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