21 Jan '12, 12pm

Some fascinating maps that visualize global coal production & consumption:

Some fascinating maps that visualize global coal production & consumption:

Cross-posted from Sightline Daily . In the course of looking into some larger questions about the global coal trade, I stumbled upon several fascinating pictures of world coal production and consumption during the last three decades. Here’s what global coal “production” (i.e. mining) looked like in 2010: I wasn’t able to embed the animated image, but you can watch 30 years of coal production play out here . Now here’s a closer look at trends within Asia, the world’s dominant coal producer: Watch the animated version here . That’s the production side. The other side of the coin, of course, is coal consumption. So, let’s take a look at 30 years of international coal consumption: Animated version here . Global coal consumption has roughly doubled since 1980, with China’s increase in coal consumption exploding fivefold in those 30 years. By contrast, coal consumption in Europe...

Full article: http://grist.org/coal/picturing-international-coal-trends/

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