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Climate Change

Coal power at all-time high, threatens net-zero goals: IEA

China, India hold key to less CO2 emissions, but world hungers for cheap energy

International Energy Agency: "This year’s historically high level of coal power generation is a worrying sign of how far off track the world is in its efforts to put [carbon] emissions into decline."   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Coal-fired electricity generation around the world is expected to reach an annual record in 2021, undermining efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report by the International Energy Agency released on Friday.

Global power generation from coal is expected to increase 9% this year to an all-time high of 10,350 terawatt-hours, according to the agency's latest Coal 2021 report.

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