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CLIMATE-CHANGE/ACCORD-NIKISZOWIEC
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November 29, 2018
The Wieczorek mine in Katowice, with its towering brick shaft, is among dozens closing down throughout...
Katowice, Poland
The Wider Image: Farewell to coal: a Polish city wakes up and smells the blossom
The Wieczorek mine in Katowice, with its towering brick shaft, is among dozens closing down throughout Poland, home to one of the most polluted coal mining regions in Europe. From Sunday, Katowice will host a round of United Nations climate talks, at which nearly 200 countries will attempt to agree rules on how to shift the world economy from fossil fuels to try to curb rising temperatures. Built to house the families of miners at the start of the 20th century, Nikiszowiec was designed as a self-sufficient neighbourhood with its own communal bread ovens and pigsties, as well as a bath house for miners and laundry and mangle facilities. In the years after communist rule ended in Poland in 1989 and the mining sector started to shrink, the area became notorious for crime and poverty. Such problems have all but disappeared as the area has become gentrified and the bold decision to hold the climate talks in the region could also help to shift opinions. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel SEARCH "NIKISZOWIEC COP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: CLIMATE-CHANGE/ACCORD-NIKISZOWIEC
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