As the world fights climate change in Bonn, Germany is mining coal in an ancient forest nearby
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As the United Nations hosts the COP global climate change conference in Bonn, Germany’s biggest energy provider RWE is mining brown coal in a 12,000-year-old forest nearby, which has shrunk to 10% of its original size.
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For almost four decades, RWE has been mining the Hambach Forest for lignite, a soft, brown coal burned to generate electricity. RWE extracts 40 million metric tons of coal from the forest every year.
Though German chancellor Angela Merkel is asking for tougher measures in the fight against climate change, the mining is a reminder of Germany’s dependence on coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels.
Germany is the biggest polluter in Europe, producing a fifth of its greenhouse gases. The country gets 40% of its energy from coal plants.
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