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A 19th century church in Germany was demolished this week to make way for coal mining.
St Lambertus Cathedral – a church known by locals as Immerather Dom – in Immerath, a tiny farming village northwest of Cologne, was razed to the ground on Tuesday.
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The double-spired church, thought to have been built between 1880 and 1890, was torn down in the latest step in energy company RWE's demolition of the entire village in a bid to expand its access to the region's lignite supply.
The church held its last Mass Service in October 2013, before being deconsecrated, according to Die Zeit.
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But Greenpeace activists had been protesting against its demolition, brandishing banners that said #ENDCOAL.
Immerath was once home to a population of 1,200 but since RWE took over the land, its population has diminished.
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The energy company has built a new village seven miles away – where Immerath's hospital has been relocated and its houses torn down and moved.
Even the village cemetery's graves were dug up and relocated to the new village.
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A village chapel with a modern design has also been constructed, with a small replica of the demolished cathedral placed in the new village's plaza.
Lignite, a crumbly variety also known as brown coal, is mined is huge open pits and is therefore, easier and cheaper to access than other varieties.
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However, it is one of the worst fossil fuels to burn and the coal under Immerath could produce billions of tons of carbon emissions over...
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