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Thermal coal: “The serial killer”

The operation of Thermal Coal factories has serious impacts on the health of people living in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam. The emissions from thermal coal including toxic gases that caused diseases such as respiratory, and pneumonia.

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By Toui Tre

Binh Thuan province, Vietnam, November 24, 2015

Toui Tre

The operation of Thermal Coal factories has serious impacts on the health of people living in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam. The emissions from thermal coal including toxic gases that caused diseases such as respiratory, and pneumonia.

Each year in Vietnam, there are more than 4,300 people who died from these diseases. Moreover, the emissions from Thermal Coal related activities also has an impact on the crop plan, land, water and agriculture. These issues were raised in the workshop organized by Green ID on Sep 29, 2015. According to the plan, Vietnam will develop more Thermal Coal Factories in the coming years. Currently, there are only 12 Thermal Coal factories in a whole country but there will be 50  more.

Most of the Thermal Coal factories use low technology and do not concern much about environmental issues. Therefore, Vietnam policy makers were suggested to review and consider if it is necessary to build more Thermal Coal factories and improve the technology for more efficiency and reduce the emissions and pollution resulting from Thermal coal activities.

 

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