The first of the five new coal-fired power stations in Melbourne is under construction, and with the city set to get its first full day of sunlight on Saturday, some residents are worried about the impacts of the city’s polluted air.
The new $5 billion, two-phase coal-power plant, which will cost more than $1 billion to build, will be one of the biggest on the continent and will be Australia’s first to use the coal-based fuel in a decade.
The city’s pollution is already worse than Beijing and the capital’s coal-burning stations are not even close to being used.
While many Australians may not be able to escape the smog in Melbourne, some are struggling to keep their homes.
Melbourne’s polluted atmosphere is causing many problems, but the biggest concern is for residents who live in inner suburbs such as Yarraville, and are dependent on public transport to get to work.
“We are a bit scared, because it’s so much worse in Melbourne than it is in Sydney,” said Marissa Gonsalves, a resident of Yarra Valley.
“But we’re used to it here.
I can get to the park on time.
But if you go to the inner suburbs, it’s a nightmare.”
It’s not just Yarra.
The most polluted city in the world, New York, has also announced a new plan to build a new coal power plant in the Bronx.
It is a massive undertaking that will require the construction of hundreds of kilometres of new infrastructure and will not be ready for prime time until 2021.
The city is struggling to adapt to the new plant’s smog.
The New York Times has reported that a study conducted by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation found that “a typical day at work involves a 30% increase in carbon dioxide and a 10% increase for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulates.”
New York has seen the country’s worst pollution since the 1930s, and it is one of only a few major American cities where emissions are still declining.
The government says its plans to phase out coal by 2040 will reduce the citys CO2 emissions by 10% compared to 2005 levels.
But New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called the city a “dead zone” and has promised to fight climate change.
“We are living in a climate of fear.
It’s not something you hear about everyday.
There is no doubt that our climate is changing and we need to address it,” de Blasio said last year.
Australia’s capital has been hit by air pollution for decades, but has been under a major reduction in coal use over the last decade.
It has had to rely on alternative energy sources to stay competitive.
The country’s coal industry is now estimated to be worth about $6.5 billion per year, but in an effort to cut pollution and save the planet, the government announced it would phase out all coal by 2030.
At a press conference last month, de Blasio vowed to save the city and said the plan would bring millions of jobs to the city.
But it’s not clear whether that would happen or not, and the government is now looking to the federal government to help fund the project. AAP/ABC