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New coal mine projects seen swelling global methane emissions by a fifth

Global methane emissions from the extraction of coal could rise by as much as 21.6% if all new mining projects now under development go into operation, according to a research report by US environmental group Global Energy Monitor.

The report said methane emissions from the world’s coal mines now stand at 52.3-million tonnes per year, higher than the 39-million tonnes per year emitted during the extraction of oil. It could rise by another 11.3-million tonnes a year if new projects are completed.

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