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Double Jeopardy: Coal's Threat to Forests
Coal is the single biggest contributor to man-made climate change, while deforestation accounts for up to one sixth of CO2 emissions. To coincide with the Paris Climate Conference, Fern has published a new report, which, for the first time, uses GIS mapping to give a global picture of where forests are threatened by new coal-mining concessions.
They found that at least 11.9 million hectares of forest - an area larger than Portugal - are at risk from coal mining.
Beyond the ‘double whammy’ that razing forests to burn coal poses to the climate, there is its devastating impact on forest-dependent people. This report makes clear that protecting communities' rights is the key to keeping forests standing and coal in the ground.