As Bangladesh makes a controversial turn to coal to produce electricity, the construction of a large coal-fired power plant is threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.

 

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In September, an estimated 20,000 people participated in a five-day march to protest the construction of the Rampal power plant, which lies 8.5 miles from the edge of the Sundarbans. Although Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed concern about the impact of global warming and rising seas on her low-lying nation, she is supporting the construction of the plant and a shift to coal-fired electricity in Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Nusrat islam Khan)

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