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ENVIRONMENT | Staff Reporter, Japan
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Japan, Korea stubbornly cling to coal despite global climate deal

At least 60 new plants are being planned over the next decade.

According to a report by Reuters, it was just less than a week since signing the global climate deal in Paris last December, Japan and South Korea are pressing ahead with plans to open scores of new coal-fired power plants, casting doubt on the strength of their commitment to cutting CO2 emissions.

Even as many of the world's rich nations seek to phase out the use of coal, Asia's two most developed economies are burning more than ever and plan to add at least 60 new coal-fired power plants over the next 10 years.

Officials at both countries' energy ministries said those plans were unchanged.

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