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"Human cost of coal power: How coal-fired power plants threaten the health of Indonesians", Greenpeace report

Author: Greenpeace Indonesia, Published on: 25 August 2015

For the first time, this report will give a detailed look at the level of morbidity and mortality associated with every coal-fired power plant in the Archipelago. This information has been produced just as the Energy Ministry considers how to fulfil an ambitious plan to build an additional 35 Gigawatts (GW) of new power plants. At this stage it appears 22,000 megawatts of this power would come from coal power plants and the calculation shows that it will create 21,200 deaths at stake…The findings in this report are based on research done at Harvard University on the health impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Indonesia…Existing coal-fired power plants in Indonesia cause an estimated 6,500 premature deaths every year…Indonesia is planning to build over a hundred new coal-fired power plants. If these – and those under construction – are completed this death toll could rise to 28,300 people every year…Coal fired power plants…generate pollution that sickens, and sometimes kills, people and causes extensive harm to agriculture, fisheries, the environment, …[and] ultimately also damages the economy…

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