12/02/2021

India Leads Asia’s Dash for Coal as Emissions Blow East

MAGADH, India, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Deep in the thickly forested hills in its east, India last month started production at what it hopes will in five years be Asia’s biggest coal mine.

At the open-cast mine, which involves the clearing of more than 18,000 hectares (44,500 acres) of land, noisy excavators are busy digging for coal that will feed a huge power plant being built nearby to fuel India’s energy-hungry economy.

India is opening a mine a month as it races to double coal output by 2020, putting the world’s third-largest polluter at the forefront of a pan-Asian dash to burn more of the dirty fossil fuel that environmentalists fear will upend international efforts to contain global warming.

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