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Parliament hears call to cut air pollution, improve health

Parliament hears call to cut air pollution, improve health <www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/parliament-hears-calls-to-cut-air-pollution-improve-health-2018-10-23>
23RD OCTOBER 2018
BY: KIM CLOETE <www.engineeringnews.co.za/author.php?u_id=1132> CREAMER MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
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Government has a golden opportunity to improve public health <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/health> in South Africa <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/south-africa> and mitigate global climate change if it drops plans for the construction <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/construction> of more coal <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/coal>-fired power <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/power>stations and focuses more sharply on renewable energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/renewable-energy> in its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), says the Public Health <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/health> Association of South Africa <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/south-africa>(Phasa).
Phasa chairperson *James Irlam <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/james-irlam>* on Tuesday said energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/energy>was a major public health <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/health> issue.
“It is an invisible killer. It can be deadly. Some 29% of deaths from lung cancer are due to air pollution,” said Irlam, on behalf of Phasa, a network of medical practitioners and academics working at the intersection of climate change, policy and health <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/health>.
Irlam was speaking during public hearings into the draft IRP 2018 at Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/energy>.

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