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Coal comeback ?
France’s coal mining days might be over but for many others the carbon revolution is just gearing up. This week on Environment the France24 team explores whether coal is a symbol of the past or a compromise of the future.
We start in Germany where more than a dozen new coal-fired power plants are under construction to fill the energy gap left as the country exits from nuclear sources.These so-called second generation power plants are supposedly more efficient and greener than those of the past but not everyone is ready to buy the idea of ‘clean coal’.
Next we head to India where the government’s rush to harness its enormous coal reserves has already led to a $33 billion corruption scandal that has paralysed domestic politics. But beyond the headline-grabbing scam, there is perhaps an even greater human and environmental cost to India’s dependency on coal. A team from France24 traveled to the coal capital Jharia to see the extent of the damage…
And finally we look at how energy-hungry China is driving Mongolia’s mining boom. The economic success has however come at a price for local herders trying to maintain their nomadic way of life