Global Coal Risk Assessment
World Resources Institute 2012.
Coal-fired power plants are the largest contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In 2010, 61 countries produced coal and 104 countries consumed it. Global coal production reached 7,228.712 million tonnes that year and coal consumption reached 7,238.028 million tonnes. More than 60 percent of the coal consumed was used to generate power. This report gives an overview of the the global coal situation, where new plants are planned, and the shift of growth to the Pacific coal market.