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The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

china still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped
China still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped construction at 33 sites in the past three months. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark

October 16, 2017 — This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty. Continue reading The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

India’s planned coal plants could single-handedly jeopardise 1.5C target

women rummages through overburden to look for left over coal
Women rummages through overburden to look for left over coal to sell at Jugsalai, India. Credit: Akshay Mahajan.

Current plans to build 370 coal-fired power stations in India will gravely undermine the country’s Paris climate pledge, or create “stranded assets” worth billions of dollars

April 26, 2017 — That’s the conclusion of a new paper, published in the American Geophysical Union journal Earth’s Future. These planned plants would increase Indian coal generating capacity by 123%. But there are signs that some may never get built, the paper notes. Continue reading India’s planned coal plants could single-handedly jeopardise 1.5C target