Bangladesh coal plant could cause 6,000 early deaths: Greenpeace; AFP


Bangladesh – The Sundarbans

A giant coal-fired power plant approved by Bangladesh could drastically worsen air pollution for millions and cause the early deaths of 6,000 people over its lifetime, Greenpeace said Friday.

Bangladesh is constructing the 1,320-megawatt power plant on the edge of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, despite warnings the controversial project threatens the fragile ecosystem and human health.

The United Nations has already urged Bangladesh to halt construction, warning it poses an unacceptable risk to the UNESCO-protected mangroves that provide a barrier against deadly storm surges and cyclones.

But in a new report Greenpeace warned emissions from the plant represented one of the single largest threats to air quality for millions living across Bangladesh and as far as neighbouring India.

 

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  1. The Prime Minister rejected the allegation that construction of coal-fired power plant at Rampal would damage the Sundarbans and urged those who are opposing coal-fired power plant not to misguide the people. She said there are coal-fired power plants in Australia and India.

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