Let Them Eat Coal: Why the G7 must stop burning coal to tackle climate change and fight hunger

by Kiri Hanks, Julie-Anne Richards, Tim Gore et al.
Oxfam Briefing Paper, 6 June 2015

40 pp. 1.4 MB
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Climate change is already affecting what we all eat, and is the biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger. Coal is the biggest single cause of climate change, yet the G7 countries are still burning huge amounts, despite efficient, affordable, renewable alternatives being available. G7 coal power stations emit twice as much fossil fuel CO2 as the whole of Africa. To set the tone for a successful climate agreement at the UN talks in Paris in December 2015, the G7 must lead the world in setting out clear plans for a just transition away from coal. With the right mix of regulatory and policy measures, some countries can move to coal-free electricity grids within the next decade.

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