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.