A miner takes a short break from sorting through coal at a mine in Uong Bi, northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The country has turned its back on its nuclear ambitions and has turned towards coal. Photo: EPA

Why is climate-conscious Vietnam choosing coal over nuclear?

Rising costs and environmental fears bring an end to Vietnam’s nascent nuclear power programme, forcing the climate-conscious country back into the embrace of coal

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A miner takes a short break from sorting through coal at a mine in Uong Bi, northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The country has turned its back on its nuclear ambitions and has turned towards coal. Photo: EPA
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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Helen Clark is a journalist, editor and researcher based in Australia. She spent six years in Southeast Asia as a foreign correspondent, mostly Vietnam. She writes on Vietnam for the Lowy Institute and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and is the The Diplomat's Oceania correspondent. She also writes for the Huffington Post, Germany's DW, the Asian Sentinel and ANZ's BlueNotes.