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Global power demand outstrips green growth as coal picks up slack

The world's rebound from the pandemic has entailed more carbon emissions from power generation as renewable energy cannot cover increasing demand, which is instead partly met by coal.

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Carbon-dioxide emissions from global electricity generation surged by 5 percent in the first half of 2021 compared to the first six months of 2019.

That's the conclusion of energy and climate think tank Ember in its newest biannual report, which for the first time puts numbers on whether the world's return to normal post-pandemic has happened in a green way. The short answer is no.

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