Want to Burn Coal and Save the Planet? Japan Touts a Solution

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  • High-efficiency coal technologies are under development
  • Japan last among G7 nations in moving away from coal, E3G says

An employee stands in front of stockpiles of coal inside a storage yard in Fukushima. Japan is the biggest backer of public coal financing globally, according to a June report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a U.S. environmental group, and partners.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For all the talk of a solar boom in Japan, coal still has a future there, and potentially a big one at that.
Japan’s government and industry are backing emerging coal technologies they say are less damaging to the environment. While they’re pushing the most polluting fossil fuel at home and abroad, Japan’s government will be trying to burnish its environmental credentials at climate talks that begin at the end of the month in Paris.

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