U.N. rights expert asks to give evidence in South Africa air pollution case

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A United Nations human rights expert wants to submit evidence in a lawsuit against the South African government over its alleged failure to address long-term air pollution linked to burning coal, court papers show.

Smoke rises from the Duvha coal-based power station owned by state power utility Eskom, in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, 18 February, 2020. Picture taken 18 February, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

If the High Court allows David Boyd, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, to do so at a hearing later this month, it could bolster a case aiming to force the government to curb emissions.

Environmental activists filed the lawsuit last year to try to improve air quality in an area with a dozen coal power stations run by state utility Eskom, as well as plants operated by petrochemicals firm Sasol.

"There is no doubt that air pollution is the deadliest environmental problem in…
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