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Double Jeopardy: coal's threat to forests

Coal is the biggest contributor to man-made climate change, while deforestation accounts for one sixth of CO2 emissions. Fern's new report uses GIS mapping to show where forests are threatened by new coal-mining concessions.

We have 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. Our report makes clear that protecting communities' rights is the key to keeping forests standing and coal in the ground.

Take a look at the special website we have created to map forests threatened by coal-mining.

 

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