Andhra Pradesh at the forefront of Indian ‘coal rush’

The Guardian´s environment editor,  JohnVidal,  reports that energy generated from new coal-power stations in the single state of Andhra Pradesh could eclipse emissions from an entire country.

A single Indian state is to build a new fleet of coal-power stations that could make it one of the world’s top 20 emitters of carbon emissions – on a par with countries such as Spain or Poland.

The proposed coal plants in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh are part of a wider Indian “coal rush” to bring power to the country’s hundreds of millions living without electricity.

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Coal mining in the state of Andhra Pradesh
Indian labourers unload coal powder on the outskirts of Hyderabad, capital of the state Andhra Pradesh. Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images