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Looking for a future in Germany’s dying coal industry

Germany has pledged to end coal-fired power by 2038, but that’s not stopping the 16-year-old from signing up to be a trainee at the Jänschwalde power plant in eastern Germany.

The plant burns lignite, the dirtiest form of coal, and is the EU’s fourth-highest emitting power station. It’s the tallest object as far as the eye can see, its nine massive cement-colored smokestacks belching white clouds into the atmosphere.

But it is also a provider of good jobs in a region that has some of the country’s highest levels of unemployment and is still reeling from the impact of the collapse of East Germany almost three decades ago.


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