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A farmer tends vegetables in a field near a coal-fired power plant in China's Anhui Province. As the U.S. and EU continue to phase out coal-fired power generation to curb climate change, Asia's share of global coal consumption has doubled in the last 20 years.    © Getty Images
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Asia's self-destructive coal addiction

Burning coal is a dirty and expensive habit, so why can't Asia quit?

DOMINIC FAULDER, Nikkei Asia associate editor | Southeast Asia

This is the first article in a Nikkei Asia series on the COP26 climate change summit, which begins Oct. 31 in Glasgow, and the danger global warming poses to Asia.

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