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Thermal Power Plant Posits Ecosystem in Sunderbans At Stake

The pollution from coal ash, wasted water, increased shipping and effect of industrial development will destroy one of the few remaining ecologically balanced places of the world - "Sunderbans"

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Tourist boats in the lndian part of the Sunderbans Delta (West Bengal). Wikimedia
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  • A 1,320 MW thermal power plant is going to affect the wildlife and aquatic life of Sunderbans
  • It is a joint venture between India and Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Government claims there would be inconsiderable effect of the Thermal Plant in Sunderbans

June 26, 2017: The environment around is already deteriorating and nature can always take revenge for our selfishness. The beautiful Sunderbans mangrove forests are the barriers of deadly cyclones of Bay of Bengal. But the plan of 1,320 MW thermal plant just 14 km away from South Bangladesh, is a big threat to this UNESCO heritage site. It consists of rich bird conservation areas and wildlife sanctuaries. As per the scientists, this thermal power plant is going to affect the wildlife and aquatic life of the region.

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Problems of ‘The Fearsome Sunderban’

A large crocodile basks on the mud on the banks of River matla at Sunderban, West Bengal, India. Wikimedia

It is a joint venture between India and Bangladesh, but this joint venture seems to cost lives and damage the already deteriorated environment. The pollution from coal ash, from wastewater, increased shipping and effect of industrial development will destroy one of the few remaining ecologically balanced places of the world.

Water wastage is another problem. Who doesn’t know about the effects of climate change in the world? It is impossible to solve such problem if we keep wasting water the way we are doing in the name of “development”.

But the Bangladesh Government is adamant claiming that there would be hardly any effect on Sunderbans. Being one of the most climate vulnerable countries, it should fear the wrath of nature and side with eco-friendly and renewable resources of energy. Entire world today is witnessing the effects of non-renewable energy sources like thermal power plants. The added cause of worry is that following this decision, many private players have also come in the picture. In a recent case, just 12 km from Sunderbans, a private company has started their project of 565 MW thermal power plant. Be it India or Bangladesh, effects of such activities is bound to be fatal.

Entire world today is witnessing the effects of non-renewable energy sources like thermal power plants. The added cause of worry is that following this decision, many private players have also come in the picture. In a recent case, just 12 km from Sunderbans, a private company has started their project of 565 MW thermal power plant. Be it India or Bangladesh, effects of such activities is bound to be fatal.


By Supreet Aneja of Newsgram Twitter: @supreet_aneja

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European Union Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gases Emission

EU countries are separately considering the extent to which truck emissions should be cut, with a debate due Thursday.

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In this slow-shutter zoom effect photo taken Dec. 12, 2018, commuters backed up in traffic during the morning rush hour, in Brussels, a city that regularly experiences pollution alert warnings. VOA

The European Union agreed Monday to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 percent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers.

The 28-nation bloc has been divided for months over how strict to be on CO2 emissions from vehicles as part of its push to reduce greenhouse gases overall by 40 percent by 2030.

Germany, with the EU’s biggest auto sector worth some 423 billion euros ($480 billion) in 2017, had warned tough targets and the drive toward more electric cars could harm its industry and cost jobs.

Representatives of the European Parliament and the EU countries finally struck a compromise Monday, after nine hours of talks, to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 percent and vans by 31 percent by 2030 compared with 2021.

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– Greenpeace activists wear white morphsuits as they stage an action against particulate matter and health burden caused by diesel exhaust in Stuttgart, southern Germany. VOA

There was also agreement on an interim target of a 15 percent cut for both cars and vans by 2025.

“This is an important signal in our fight against climate change,” said current EU president Austria’s Sustainability Minister Elisabeth Koestinger.

But Brussels-based green lobbying group Transport & Environment expressed disappointment the deal was not even more ambitious.

“Europe is shifting up a gear in the race to produce zero-emission cars. The new law means by 2030 around a third of new cars will be electric or hydrogen-powered,” said its clean vehicles director, Greg Archer. “That’s progress, but it’s not fast enough to hit our climate goals.”

The compromise was tougher than the original EU executive proposal of an emissions decline of 30 percent compared to 2021.

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U.N. Climate chief Patricia Espinosa (C) is flanked by officials during a press conference at the COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, VOA

Germany had endorsed that, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target for EU countries to 35 percent. The EU Parliament had wanted 40 percent, so in the end, they split the difference.

The German automobile association (VDA) said the new legislation would set high demands while doing little to promote or provide incentives for switching to electric vehicles.

EU countries were among nearly 200 that agreed Saturday to rules for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord at a U.N. conference in Poland.

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“Today’s successful outcome is even more important in view of this weekend’s conclusions … in Katowice. It clearly shows, once again, our unwavering commitment to the Paris Agreement,” EU Climate Commissioner Arias Canete said.

EU countries are separately considering the extent to which truck emissions should be cut, with a debate due Thursday. (VOA)