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Opencast coalmine rise ‘makes UK a joke’

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

Opencast coalmine rise ‘makes UK a joke’

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by Severin Carrell

Britain will be a joke at Copenhagen, warns Nasa scientist James Hansen, as government authorises more mines

Coal production in Britain has increased sharply after a surge in new opencast coal mines, undermining the government’s claim to be a world leader on combating climate change.

Dozens of opencast coal mines have been authorised by ministers and local councils across the UK, reversing a decade-long decline in coal production in Britain and often against intense local opposition.

As a result, mining companies are now sitting on 71m tonnes of coal in licensed opencast mines, compared with 55m tonnes in 2007. And over the next few months, the industry is likely to win permission to mine another 15m tonnes from across the UK.

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