I just read that China has agreed to stop funding / financing the building of coal-fired power plants around the world. They've been the largest financier of such projects. China made it's announcement at the U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders. This is GOOD NEWS. IF the world would shutter the older coal-fired power plants that have no pollution mitigation systems on them - in all countries - and switch to solar, wind, and nuclear energy production, we'd have a much cleaner planet. Coal is the filthiest fuel we have - from the way it's dug from the ground and the associated BAD environmental impacts from the extraction - to the way it's burned and the filthy, dangerous, after-effects of the burning process. I've worked for over 40 years in numerous power plant facilities of coal-fired, natural gas-fired, and nuclear powered varieties. Coal is BY FAR the biggest source of pollution - of soil, air, and water. Every step of the coal process is filthy. Burning coal - beside all the other pollutants it generates - puts large amounts of mercury into the atmosphere. That mercury gets inhaled as we breathe, and it also gets deposited downstream on the soil and other surfaces by wind currents. It's too small to see, but it gets into plants we eat, and into animals we consume for meat. Ever wonder what's in that gray or black dust film that's on your window sills and trim??? Then you open those windows for some "fresh air." Switching to wind, solar, and nuclear power would be MUCH CLEANER ways to produce electricity. Switching doesn't have to mean loads of lost jobs either - millions of new jobs will be created by the cleaner methods of producing power. Life on planet Earth depends on a clean environment.