Coal Atlas - Facts and Figures on a Fossil Fuel

Coal Atlas: Introduction

Coal was, and still is, the fuel of industrialization and global economic growth. Though its negative consequences for humans and nature outweigh its economic benefits. We hope that our Coal Atlas will spur the international campaign to phase out the use of coal.

By Barbara Unmüßig, Ralf Fücks

Greenhouse gases: Spoiling the climate

Digging up coal and using it to generate electricity churns out emissions that intensify the greenhouse effect. Coal is one of the biggest sources of climate change. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Eva Mahnke

Coal Atlas: Facts and figures on a fossil fuel

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Our Coal Atlas contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed graphics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.

Finance: Big players behind the scenes

Digging mines, building power plants and providing infrastructure cost billions. Many countries cannot afford the investments; credit agencies and multilateral and private banks are glad to step in.

By Arne Jungjohann

Carbon capture and storage: Problems at depth

With the promise of “clean coal”, the industry intends to store carbon dioxide underground. However, this method of dealing with the climate crisis fails for both technical and economic reasons.

By Eva Mahnke

More on coal and climate change

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