Here’s a video animation of the projected increase in daily average PM2.5 levels due to emissions of proposed coal-fired power plants around Tokyo. These emissions would cause a projected 10,000 deaths over the lifetime of the power plants.
Bloomberg News continues to highlight Japan’s worrying plans for new coal plants. Following a report by the think tank E3G, Bloomberg reporter Chisaki Watanabe writes:
“Japan remains last among Group of Seven countries in efforts to phase out coal-power generation even though “positive developments” are being made elsewhere, according to a “coal scorecard” released by an environmental group.”
“More than 25 gigawatts of new coal capacity are either planned or being developed in Japan, while opposition from the Ministry of the Environment has been “overruled in favor of a voluntary agreement with utilities to reduce emissions intensity,” Littlecott said. “This approach is clearly insufficient given the scale of the challenge.”“
The report also called Japan’s support for overseas coal projects into question.”
“Japan’s energy policy is under close scrutiny, especially for its reliance and support for coal. The country has plans for 49 new coal-fired power projects at home, according to the environmentalists. The groups also criticize Japan’s support for the Batang coal-power plant in Central Java, Indonesia, and the Darlipali project in Odisha, India, saying both projects are “rife with human rights abuses.”
Here’s both a branded and unbranded version of the Cool or Coal Japan homepage image that you can download and use on your computer’s desktop. I loaded it on my laptop and it looked so good I thought it was worth sharing!
Click on the Cool Japan or Coal Japan images below to get a larger, higher resolution version, then just right click and hit “save image as.”
The protest on 11 May in Jakarta was part of the Break Free From Fossil Fuels two-week long global action to keep fossil fuels in the ground. From Wales and Germany to Turkey and Australia, people gathered on 4–15 May across the world to confront the fossil fuel industry.