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World Bank president calls for slowdown of coal projects, especially in Asia

President Jim YongKim called for a slowdown in the construction of coal projects to achieve theglobally agreed 2degrees Celsius limit in global warming, TheGuardian reported Oct. 9.

Kimtook special issue with coal projects in Asia to meet the climate-change pact.

"Manycountries want to move in the right direction. We can and should all help tofind renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions that allow them to phaseout coal," the report quoted him as saying during a climate ministerialmeeting in Washington.

Duringthe talk, he discussed how climate change could force more than 100 millionpeople into extreme poverty by 2030, and he encouraged help for low-incomecountries in many parts of Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands,according to the report.

Furthermore,he promoted energy-efficient appliances and discouraged the consumption ofhydrofluorocarbons, usedin air conditioning units. "Phasing down HFCs could prevent close to halfa degree of global warming by the end of the century," he said.

Accordingto Kim, the record-warm months have now ballooned to 16. "The reality isstark. We have a planet that is at serious risk, but our current response isnot yet equal to the task," the report quoted him as saying.