Poland’s Climate Change Approach Is All About Protecting Coal

Poland’s Climate Change Approach Is All About Protecting Coal
Climate activists protest on the rooftop of the Economy Ministry, Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 18, 2013 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on countries’ risk exposure, contribution and response to climate change.

As the European Union faces pressure to quickly ratify the Paris Agreement, Poland has said it will only do so if it is given special concessions for its coal-based power sector, which the government plans on continuing to use for many years. In an email interview, Karolina Jankowska, an independent researcher on climate and energy policy and the author of a chapter in the forthcoming book “The European Union in International Climate Change Politics,” discusses Poland’s climate change policy.

WPR: What is Poland’s risk exposure to climate change, what effects of climate change are already apparent, and what sorts of adaptation approaches will it have to adopt or develop?

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