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CLIMATE FIGHT: GERMANY SETS 2038 DEADLINE TO END COAL USE

In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change.

The Coal Commission reached a deal last weekend following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries.

“We made it,” Ronald Pofalla, the head of the commission, told reportersGermany gets more than a third of its electricity from burning coal, generating large amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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