Ger­many’s use of coal big topic at cli­mate meet­ing

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

BONN, Ger­many — The pres­i­dent of the low-ly­ing Mar­shall Is­lands is urg­ing Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel to end her coun­try’s use of coal.

Ger­many gets about 40 per­cent of its elec­tric­ity from coal, a ma­jor ob­sta­cle to meet­ing the coun­try’s goal for curb­ing planet-heat­ing emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide.

Merkel will speak Wed­nes­day at in­ter­na­tional cli­mate talks in Bonn, and en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign­ers hope she’ll an­nounce a dead­line for phas­ing out coal by 2030. Mar­shall Is­lands Pres­i­dent Hilda Heine said Tues­day that such an an­nounce­ment “would be

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