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Powering Pakistan – the case for and against UCG in the Thar Desert

Plans for underground coal gasification (UCG) in the Thar Desert of Pakistan – a region prone to drought and famine – have drawn fierce criticism from experts and NGOs. Critics say UCG technology is experimental and risks polluting life-sustaining groundwater, but the government is forging ahead regardless. So how should this integral resource be developed, if at all?

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