WARSAW - Greenpeace activists hoisted banners protesting against coal use atop Poland's economy ministry in Warsaw Monday, as a global coal conference got underway and UN climate talks entered their final week.
Around 40 activists unfurled a large blue and white banner asking: "Who rules the world? Fossil industry or the people?". Others held one printed in red-and-white saying: "Who rules Poland? Coal industry or the people?
Protesters also touted national flags, notably from Canada, the US, Japan, Britain, Germany, Brazil and the European Union.
Police used a giant fire engine crane to remove the protesters, several of whom used climbing gear to dangle from the facade of the economy ministry.
The two-day coal conference is being organised by an industry group, the World Coal Association, at the economy ministry of Poland, just miles from the Warsaw stadium hosting a second week of UN talks on curbing Earth-warming fossil fuels.
Poland's dependence on the cheap and plentiful black stuff means it ranks fifth for carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in the European Union (EU), behind Germany, Britain, Italy and France, whose economies are far larger.
Coal accounts for about 90 per cent of the electricity used by Poland's 38 million people - and, say experts, there is enough of it to last for another century and a half.
Another anti-coal protest is expected later Monday in Warsaw.