By Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 2016 (IPS) – Coal power does more to harm the world’s poor than to help them, even before the devastating impacts of climate change are taken into account, according to a recent report published by 12 international development organizations.
Yet despite commitments made under the Paris Climate Change agreement the world could go over the threshold of two degrees warming if just one third of currently planned coal power stations were built, the report found, adding that “if the world exceeds this, the results will be disastrous for the global fight against poverty.”
The report ‘Beyond Coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty’, was published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), CAFOD, Christian Aid and nine other organisations ahead of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention in Marrakesh, Morocco, which will conclude on Nov. 18.
Ilmi Granoff, co-author of the report, told IPS that coal “entrenches poverty”, contrary to arguments from the coal sector that the fossil fuel contributes to economic growth.