Written by Rassela Malinda December 17, 2019 was a gloomy day for villagers of Sepang Bay, Bengkulu. Their legal challenge against a coal-fired power plant was rejected. As a result, they remained not only evicted from their homes but without justice for the death of 28 local sea turtles who died on a beach, just
Fifty-seven-year-old Nurjannah has been living and working on a plot of land in Teluk Sepang village, Bengkulu, for decades. She started her small-scale farm in the early 2000s and expanded it in 2013 into a small palm oil plantation.
Over the past several years, the construction and operation of coal-fired power plants across Turkey are believed to have caused a rapid increase in cancer cases in the country, residents and studies have revealed.
It’s time for Zimbabwe to leapfrog to renewables, or else be left with stranded coal assets it may never be able to repay
Since residents of the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu won their fight against a new coal plant, the government seems to be making small steps towards a more efficient and sustainable energy future.
When the plan to build a coal plant in Lamu was first introduced, it was part of a broader conversation on Kenya: its economic development, infrastructure, and future as a “newly industrializing, middle-income country,” to use the language of the national Vision 2030 agenda that initiated the project.
Residents of the Adana Province are seeking justice through local lawsuits and an ongoing campaign called “Adana’ya temiz hava” (Clean Air for Adana) to stop the construction of the new coal power plant project in Adana. The planned 1,320-MW EMBA Hunutlu Coal Power Plant poses an undeniable threat to public health.
Healthcare centers in coal plants’ surrounding areas are already recording increases in heart diseases, strokes, lung diseases, skin problems, and cancers. In the small village of Ky Loi by the Vung Ang 1 coal power plant in central Vietnam, records from 2017 and 2018 documented 128 cases of heart disease and stroke and 14 cases of cancer.
Apart from being disproportionately ironic, Zimbabwe’s energy production politics is fast proving to be an ill-thought hazard to citizens’ foreseeable future, yet policymakers continue to cast a blind eye.