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China’s coal imports drop for the first time since the country became net coal importer

A recently published analysis compiled by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International showed the unthinkable -- Chinese coal consumption fell for the first time this century in the first half of this year. Even more striking is the fact that China's gross domestic product (GDP) growth and coal consumption have decoupled, suggesting a structural shift in the Chinese economy.

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China’s Thirst for Coal is Drying Up

As the "airpocalypse" news out of China continues to grow, what we predicted more than a year ago is now increasingly obvious -- China's seemingly endless coal demand is a myth, and the Chinese coal boom is over.

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On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy is the future

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Dr. Kim disparaged clean energy as incapable of powering development and even worse, suggested coal needed to remain on the table for the World Bank to be "taken seriously."

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The future of coal in China, India, Australia, the US, EU and UK

Have reports of coal's demise been greatly exaggerated? It depends which part of the world you look at. Global coal use has grown significantly over the last decade, with global demand increasing 60 per cent between 1990 and 2011, according to research body the International Energy Agency (IEA). With some countries implementing climate policies to limit the use of polluting fuels, some commentators are predicting coal's imminent demise.

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