Greenpeace was “reckless” when it stated Mpumalanga had the worst nitrogen dioxide air pollution across six continents‚ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday. “The NUM in Highveld has noted with utter disgust a reckless statement made by Greenpeace Africa‚” the trade union said. “The reckless and impetuous statement is a clear campaign by Greenpeace Africa that the government should close power stations and coal mines in Mpumalanga.” Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaign manager Melita Steele said: “It has been reported before that the Witbank area has the world’s dirtiest air‚ and now this analysis of high-tech satellite data has revealed that Mpumalanga province is the global number one hot spot for nitrogen dioxide emissions.” Greenpeace analysed data produced by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel 5P satellite from June 1 to August 31. The list of the world’s nitrogen dioxide hot spots consists of places with coal-fired power plants. The data shows Joha...

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