Going coal turkey: SA's dilemma as it aims to develop greener economy

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A study by Greenpeace in 2018 determined that Mpumalanga had the worst nitrogen dioxide emissions from power plants of any area in the world.
A study by Greenpeace in 2018 determined that Mpumalanga had the worst nitrogen dioxide emissions from power plants of any area in the world.
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Saturday marked World Environment Day, initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness and encourage actions to protect the environment, and it warrants a reflection of what a transition to a greener economy would mean for South Africa.

South Africa is one of the 196 parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries in 2015 committed to keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius by reducing emissions.

According to a study released by Global Energy Monitor this week, coal producers need to halt new mining projects and expansions as well as reduced their annual output by 11% each year until 2030 in order to meet the Paris Agreement target for global temperature.

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