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June 13: Activists project ""CO2 Kills!" on the cooling tower of the coal energy plant Neurath, Grevenbroich, Germany.

Greenpeace warns against the devastating consequences of allowing coal power plants to continue functioning in Europe. Coal is currently used to produce electricity, but is the most polluting fossil fuel causing increasing damage to the climate. Governments across Europe are currently preparing their National Allocation Plans (NAPs) for trading in CO2 emissions over the five year period starting from 2008. The NAPs offer a huge opportunity for European countries to seriously address cutting their CO2 emissions, but currently Governments are allowing their coal industries to continue polluting for free instead of using the money saved from this round of free allocations to increase their investment in renewables.

Smoking Kills

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Also yesterday, activists climbed the E.ON electricity supplier in Maasvlakte, the Netherlands, and painted the text: "Smoking kills"

We're warning against the devastating consequences of allowing coal power plants to continue functioning in Europe. Coal is currently used to produce electricity, but is the most polluting fossil fuel causing increasing damage to the climate. Governments across Europe are currently preparing their National Allocation Plans (NAPs) for trading in CO2 emissions over the five year period starting from 2008. The NAPs offer a huge opportunity for European countries to seriously address cutting their CO2 emissions, but currently Governments are allowing their coal industries to continue polluting for free instead of using the money saved from this round of free allocations to increase their investment in renewables.

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