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Energy needs, environmental costs

Over 90 per cent of Poland's electricity comes from coal - a key source of greenhouse gases. The journalists visited KWB Konin opencast coalmine - one of the largest in the country.

Credits: Rod Harbinson / Panos London

The coal face: Konin opencast coalmine is among the biggest in Poland and supplies coal to the two power stations close by.

Credits: Rod Harbinson / Panos London

Heavy machinery helps excavate the high sulphur content brown 'lignite' from the coal face and transfer it to the power stations.

Credits: Rod Harbinson / Panos London

The nearby PÄ…tnin power station consumes huge amounts of coal which protesters at a Greenpeace camp at the edge of the mine claim pollutes the local lakes. The power station also uses large quantities of lake water for cooling which environmental experts say is lowering the levels of the surrounding lakes.

Credits: Rod Harbinson / Panos London

The level of Ostrowskie lake has been dropping due to high water use from the nearby power stations.

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The visiting journalists interview a local resident from the Polish lake district about the dropping water levels due to the nearby Konin mine and two power stations.

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Wambi Michael, a journalist from Uganda, interviews a Greenpeace spokesperson about their protest at the power plant.

Credits: Rod Harbinson / Panos London

Tashi Dorji, CCMP fellow and the first journalist from Bhutan ever to attend the UN climate change summit, investigates the "True Cost of Coal" with some Greenpeace literature.

Credits: Rod Harbinson / Panos London

Journalists with the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) attending the Poznan climate change summit also visited the Wielkopolska lake district region to get a first hand account of the kinds of energy and environmental problems facing Poland.

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12/14/2008

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