Environment & Energy Report

China’s Funding for Coal Draws Scrutiny as Climate Concern Grows

Oct. 4, 2018, 2:00 PM

China’s leading role in financing a wave of new coal plants across Asia is drawing fresh scrutiny as the world’s top climate scientists weigh calling for much deeper cuts in emissions.

Chinese workers commute as smoke billows from a coal fired power plant  in Shanxi, China. 
Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AsiaPac

China, India, Japan and the Philippines rank among the biggest investors in the 1,380 coal plants under construction or development worldwide, according to a study by the German pressure group Urgewald released Oct. 4.

The findings add to evidence that Asian companies, often backed by taxpayer money, are stepping up funding for the technology blamed for global warming. A panel of researchers convened by the United...

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