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Mapping the World’s Coal Capacity

by Michael McLaughlin
Carbon Brief

Climate news publication Carbon Brief has created several data visualizations mapping the location and capacity of the world’s coal power plants. An interactive timeline map allows users to scroll from 2000-2017 to see where plants are operating, opening, and have closed. The maps illustrate that the world’s coal capacity has nearly doubled since 2000, and that China alone has increased the size of its coal fleet nearly five times in that period. The visualizations also show that global investment in coal is slowing, and that CO2 emissions from coal may have peaked because larger, more efficient plants are replacing older ones.

Take a look.

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