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Japan-US team to explore the use of coal emissions in building materials

Project aims to help shrink the fossil fuel's environmental footprint

The U.S., like Japan, relies on coal to cover over 30% of its energy needs.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Carbon from burning coal would be recovered and find applications in construction under a process that American and Japanese researchers have joined forces to develop.

Coal emits more global-warming carbon dioxide than natural gas, and a growing number of institutional investors are holding off from making investments in coal-burning power plants. Amid a strengthening movement to replace it as a power source, the research aims to enhance coal's appeal by reducing its impact on the environment.

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