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UN Calls for End to Coal Ahead of Climate Summit in Asian Countries

Coal News - Published on Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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The United Nations said that the increasing use of coal in Asian countries is undermining international efforts to fight climate change. Countries including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam are accelerating their move to cheap coal power amid rising demand for power. An estimated 36 per cent of the world’s energy is still produced by coal, although it is the largest contributor to climate change, and responsible for around 46% of global carbon-dioxide emissions.

In central Europe, Poland has some of the worst air quality in the European Union, partly due to mining and burning of coal for winter heating in the winter. This is intensified by the burning of wood and garbage to heat homes, which adds other pollutants to Polish air. Nitrogen oxides, ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter are often named as the three pollutants that most severely harm human health, impairing the respiratory system and leading to premature death. It has been estimated in a European Commission report that around four-fifths of Polish coal mines are unprofitable. The populist Law and Justice Party administration has maintained support for the coal sector and provides government subsidies to preserve the industry.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 10 Sep 2019
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