Asia-Pacific coal rush ‘worsens global warming’

Cheap coal is helping to power rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, but it hinders efforts to curb greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, Reuters cited an environment group as saying on Tuesday.

Between 2001 and 2006, coal use around the world grew by 30%, with Asia accounting for almost 90% of the growth, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said.

"The Asia Pacific region is at a critical moment with regard to coal use, and is grappling with the difficult question of how to balance burgeoning energy needs with the well-being of the planet and local communities," Reuters cited a WWF report as saying.

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