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DETERMINING THE NET IMPACT OF COAL PRODUCTION ON THE WELLBEING OF COMMUNITIES: A SOUTH AFRICAN CASE STUDY

by Hutchings, Riley

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to question the world’s dependence on coal power by exploring the avenues through which coal production (extraction, transportation, and combustion) impact the health, climate, and economic wellbeing of communities. It uses South Africa as a case study because South Africa has a high percentage of coal in its energy mix and extracts large amounts of coal. This research finds that coal production in South Africa worsens the health of South African communities and accelerates climate change, threatening the food and water supplies of millions of people within and outside of the country. This analysis does not find conclusive evidence that coal production contributes to widespread economic growth in South Africa. It also reveals that potential gains from economic growth on communities are offset by health and climate damages.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:30960
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
35 pages : illustrations, map(s)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Kevin Rask
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05