The coal-threatened paradise of the Indian state of Goa

Goa, the paradisiacal state repainted in anthracite

Coal is transforming this small state on the west coast of India, which is primarily known to Indian and foreign tourists for its postcard beaches. The pollution around the port of Mormugao, which has been observed and suffered for several years, is undermining the quality of life and the health of the residents of the neighboring city of Vasco. An exhausted resident trusts the audio reporter from. his dismay German wave, German international radio: Coal dust creeps into the apartments. The port is the point of contact for bulk carriers from Australia, Indonesia and South Africa. India is more dependent than ever on coal to meet its electricity needs. Coming from 65% its coal-fired power plants. 10 million imported tons arrive via Goa. The small state is on the way to becoming the most important gateway to this raw material. The volume is to be increased to 50 million tons by 2035. For transport inland, the construction of even wider rail and road routes has begun. These future axes cut through two jewels of wild greens, two nature reserves whose flora and fauna will not recover. The many species that inhabit the Bhagwan Mahaveer Nature Reserve and Mollem Forest are robbed of their habitat by thousands of trees and then blocked by large corridors, all of which are polluted by the coal dust that is already attacking humans. Population, youth and scientist mobilize since November last year.

Asia-Europe maritime traffic hampered after a container ship was blocked

International maritime trade became very hot when the Ever Given, a 400-meter-long and 59-meter-wide container ship, got stuck in the Suez Canal in March 2021 and the usual traffic of 50 ships that cross this waterway every day came to a complete standstill.