A man walks on the dried out riverbed of the Jialing River in Chongqing, on August 21, 2022. China experienced its most severe drought and longest heatwave in decades. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man walks on the dried out riverbed of the Jialing River in Chongqing, on August 21, 2022. China experienced its most severe drought and longest heatwave in decades. Photo: EPA-EFE

Climate change sets back global power sector’s decarbonisation efforts as countries turn to coal to meet demand

  • Increased use of coal to generate power this summer may lead to higher carbon emissions in 2022, UK environment think tank Ember says
  • Coal power generated in China rose by 111 terawatt-hours in July and August compared to last year, cancelling out the 79TWh drop seen in the first half

A man walks on the dried out riverbed of the Jialing River in Chongqing, on August 21, 2022. China experienced its most severe drought and longest heatwave in decades. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man walks on the dried out riverbed of the Jialing River in Chongqing, on August 21, 2022. China experienced its most severe drought and longest heatwave in decades. Photo: EPA-EFE
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