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“South Africa has the negotiating capacity”

South Africa is highly dependent on coal but also considered a leader on climate policy. How does it look at the upcoming climate summit in Paris? An interview with Richard Worthington.

By Richard Worthington

Poland’s approach to the Paris COP

Poland is a major coal producer. Miners there are well organised and have strong political leverage. There is a big question mark over how the new government want to approach EU climate policy. An analysis.

By Tobiasz Adamczewski

Protests: A broad alliance with staying power

Around the world, people are fighting back against the coal industry. Theyface repression, harassment and violence – but sometimes they are successful. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Benjamin von Brackel

India: Rich in coal but poor in energy

Coal is an important part of India’s energy mix. Local production is not enough: strong demand is attracting imports from Australia and elsewhere. However, India has huge potential for renewable energy.

By Axel Harneit-Sievers

Subsidies: Hidden payments, unpaid bills

The coal industry uses taxpayers’ money to keep its prices low – and it does not compensate for the costs of climate change or disease. A brief look at the scale of the problem. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Arne Jungjohann, Stefanie Groll, Lili Fuhr

EU energy policy: On track, but aiming too low

The European Union’s climate policy aims for lower emissions, lower consumption and an increase in renewable energy. The targets are achievable – but they ought to be more ambitious.

By Arne Jungjohann

Finance: Big players behind the scenes

Digging mines, building power plants and providing infrastructure cost billions. Many countries cannot afford the investments; credit agencies and multilateral and private banks are glad to step in.

By Arne Jungjohann

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