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It's great news for more reasons than one: coal is a big driver of climate change, a threat to health, and an obstruction to modern energy technologies. Now that the big, polluting power stations are set to be decommissioned, the UK will be much better prepared to move to a low-carbon economy.

The announcement sends a clear signal to other countries attending global talks in December that tackling climate change internationally requires action at home. It is a great success for all who have been asking for this change, including the 50,000 members of the public who joined the call.

WWF-UK Chief Executive David Nussbaum said:

"Today the UK Government has become the first major economy to announce that it will phase out coal from its power sector. This is particularly significant with only days to go before the negotiations on a new international climate change deal begin in Paris.

"By phasing out coal between 2023 and 2025 and the government has recognised the serious environmental impacts of dirty coal - and its potential to bust the UK's climate commitments.

The news could be a great first step towards a clean energy future, but the UK needs to get serious about renewable energy. There is a lot of work to be done to convince the Government to divert resources towards the clean, cost-effective and proven technologies of the renewable energy industry.

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