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Europe and China warned they must kick the coal habit

Industry leaders warn over the impact on climate change

Europe and China must cut their coal consumption and focus on developing natural gas and nuclear power or face catastrophic climate change, energy industry leaders warned. Speaking in Amsterdam, Dieter Helm, a professor of energy policy at Oxford University, said rising coal consumption was Europe's dirty secret and that efforts to cut carbon emissions have had “almost no effect whatsoever”. “Any suggestion that we're seriously interested in climate change and prepared to devote considerable economic capital to (tackling it) is completely inconsistent with increasing coal burning and locking in new coal power,” Helm said. “The reality and the perception of European (energy) policies are two

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