At the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila yesterday, Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao said it could not rule out funding coal power as there is 'no other option' for some countries in Asia. Protesters outside the event called on ADB to draw up a time-bound phase-out plan for coal financing.
One of the world's largest coal mines has just been approved in Australia. The project, which will produce 7.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases over its lifetime, promises to open up an entire region to coal mining in Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef.
A proposal for a US$423 million facility is expected to be approved in one of the biggest cities in the country's capital, despite a law banning incineration. Critics say city governments are at the losing end of this technology.
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