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NEW REPORT: Global Coal Plant Development Freefall Sparks Renewed Hope On Climate Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of coal-fired power plants under development worldwide saw a dramatic drop in 2016, mainly due to shifting policies in Asia, according to a new report released today by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and CoalSwarm. The report, Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline, is the third annual survey of the global coal plant pipeline. Its findings include a 48 percent decline in overall pre-construction activity, a 62 percent drop in new construction starts, and an 85 percent decline in new Chinese coal plant permits.

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UNESCO to Bangladesh: Cancel Rampal coal plant, or Sundarbans could be added to List of World Heritage in Danger in 2017

In October, the monitoring mission of the World Heritage Committee, conducted by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), recommended that the Rampal coal plant project be “cancelled and relocated to a more suitable location where it would not impact negatively” on the Sundarbans Reserved Forest and the Sundarbans World Heritage site. The mission concluded that should Rampal or other risky development proceed, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee should consider adding the Sundarbans to its List of World Heritage in Danger at its annual session in 2017.

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