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Coal in trouble as fortunes fade

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Creative Commons: Herry Lawford, 2005

If 2015 was “the year that coal broke”, 2016 is already confirming it’s unfixable.

China announced the closure of 1,000 coal mines, while 2015 US coal production was shown to be the lowest in 30 years, as yet another of the country’s major coal players filed for bankruptcy.

The coal industry complains it is being “vilified” as “public energy number one”, but fresh research shows the harm new plants would do.

Only a few nations now linger at the toxic coal party: Australia is exporting as much coal as it can despite the fact it’s making its citizens sick.

India is still banking on coal despite its renewable energy ambition. Poland and Turkey want to burn even more of the black stuff.

But with renewables making countries both wealthier and healthier, and a clean energy future indicated at the highest levels, there is no reason to cling onto harmful fossil fuels.

Those countries which do could face legal consequences, as well as dealing with the inevitable damage to their economy, health and community.

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