/ 05 November 2021

A thumbs down for coal

Image source: Unsplash
Image source: Unsplash

More than 70 countries and 100 organisations have agreed to phase out coal-fired power in the latest development from the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Making up about 40% of the world’s power generation, coal is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. The UN says phasing it out is key to keeping global warming below 1.5-2C. Major coal users are on board including Canada, Poland, Vietnam and Chile – they say they won’t support the building of new coal-fired power generation plants. Not making the pledge: Oz, India, China and the US. It comes as new data from the Global Carbon Project shows greenhouse gas emissions are rebounding to 2019 levels after a temporary plunge during the pandemic. As nations look to fire up their economies, experts say 2022 will be a big year for emissions.

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