China drives rise in coal-fired power plants as IEA warns countries must spend more on clean energy

5th Jun, 2021

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Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory in the industrial province of Hebei, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China is driving a global increase in heavily polluting coal-fired power plants in an attempt to reboot the country’s post-pandemic economy, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds. The number of coal-fired power stations approved globally last year rose for the first time since 2015 – despite international pledges to drastically cut carbon emissions.

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