The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

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A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark

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This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty.

Last week, China announced it was stopping or postponing work on 151 coal plants that were either under, or earmarked for, construction.

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