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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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NEW REPORT: Nearly $1 Trillion Wasted Globally On Extraneous Coal Projects

Boom and Bust 2016 is the second annual report published by Greenpeace, The Sierra Club and CoalSwarm examining the precarious global coal plant pipeline. The report reveals that while the coal industry continues to push for the construction of more coal-fired power plants, in reality, coal plants are increasingly sitting idle in all of the world’s four largest markets, and global coal consumption is declining drastically. This is particularly evident in China where the government recently took the first step to curb runaway coal plant investment, after the country’s coal use plunged by nearly 6.4 percent in two years.

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Corruption and Illegalities in the Mining Sector in Indonesia: A Ranking of 12 Provinces involved in Korsup Minerba

In 2014, the Corruption Eradication Commission initiated a scheme to resolve problems in Indonesian mining governance as well as to tackle corruption in the sector, which is known as Korsup Minerba (Supervision Coordination of Mineral and Coal Governance). The scheme involves local governments in 12 provinces in the country; all of which possess large numbers of mining permits, and five of which are centres for coal mining. To date 721 mining licenses, over half of which are coal, have been withdrawn as a result of corruption and illegalities.

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