Harvard University

'Coal plants will cause premature deaths'

Date of Release: 
Nov 21 2015

COAL PLANTS in Thailand cause an estimated 1,550 premature deaths every year, according to new research by Harvard University and Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

That number could climb to 5,300 a year if plans to expand electricity production by building new coal-fired plants go ahead, the study found.

The report, "The Human Cost of Coal", is the first of its kind and looks at illnesses and deaths associated with Thailand's coal-fired power plants. Figures are based on state-of-the-art atmospheric modelling techniques deployed by a research team at Harvard University.

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