India: Coughing up Coal| 13mins
Director: Link TV | Producer: Link TV
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: United States
India is rivaling China -- in its plans to consume coal. India is aggressively expanding construction of coal-fired power plants to meet growing energy needs. Some 455 new plants now are in the pipeline. With air pollution already a leading health concern, medical experts say this expansion can have dire health consequences. Emissions from coal power plants were linked to 80,000-150,000 premature deaths in India between 2011 and 2012 alone and to a wide range of diseases from cancers, to respiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Singrauli -- an industrial hub in north central India -- embodies the tragic human toll that a largely unregulated coal industry can extract.