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A farmer works with his tractor in front of the Kusile Power Station located in eMalahleni. In Gauteng province residents can sometimes smell the pollution coming from this direction. Wikus de Wet/AFP via Getty Images

The air in South African Highveld cities smells foul in the winter: here’s why

Johannesburg occasionally smells like rotten eggs. The wind brings the smell from the east or the southeast, where most industries are located.
If South Africa wants to improve air quality and meet climate change goals, it needs to move away from coal. Bloomberg Creative/Getty Images

South Africa’s power utility Eskom: how does it stack up in the pollution stakes?

To improve air quality, a combination of efforts is needed including reducing Eskom’s emissions, investing in cleaner sources of energy, and reducing emissions.
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A tale of two valleys: Latrobe and Hunter regions both have coal stations, but one has far worse mercury pollution

New research found power stations in the Latrobe Valley emit around 10 times more mercury than power stations in the Hunter Valley. The stark difference has a lot to do with regulations.
Bill C-12 is not a plan for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but it would set targets to help it succeed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s new climate plan: Q&A about Bill C-12

If Canada began to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by about four per cent per year, we could still meet our 2030 climate targets.
Victoria’s Hazelwood coal fired power station closed in 2017 after 52 years of operation. MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AAP

Bad news. Closing coal-fired power stations costs jobs. We need to prepare

We have quantified the effects of twelve power station closures in five states. Local unemployment shoots up and comes down only slowly.
Whether your energy comes from coal or renewable sources isn’t likely to make a difference to your risk of a blackout this summer. yellowbkpk/Flickr

35 degree days make blackouts more likely, but new power stations won’t help

Summer is here and the chance of blackouts is higher than normal. But the cause is unlikely to be the power station. The problem is usually much closer to home – in the local poles and wires.

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