A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has found that coal mining is one of the most important drivers of global warming.
It’s also the most carbon-intensive source of electricity, with coal burning emitting more greenhouse gases than any other energy source.
Coal mining and coal burning are the most common energy sources for the production and use of electricity globally, according to the study, which was released Wednesday.
The UCS says that coal accounts for almost 70% of total emissions from electricity worldwide, up from less than 10% in 2007.
But, while coal’s emissions are growing at a steady rate, coal consumption has been increasing since 2007.
Coal’s growth has been driven by two main drivers: mining for coal and its use as a raw material in electricity generation.
The latter is particularly important as China has stepped up its use of coal in recent years, but that growth is still far from enough to keep up with the growing demand for electricity in developing countries.
Coal burning for electricity generation is more than 40% of the world’s energy supply.
“The increase in coal burning is the result of the dramatic increase in the number of countries, states and regions that have adopted a coal-based electricity system, including in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Andrew Freedman, a research fellow at UCS.
Coal is also responsible for about half of the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuels, according a recent study by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “
Coal is the main source of energy for nearly all of the nations of the planet.
Coal is also responsible for about half of the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuels, according a recent study by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Coal use in electricity production has grown in nearly every country and region, from India to China.
“But it is the continued use of power plants as a primary source of generation that will contribute the most to greenhouse gas emissions, especially when combined with the rapid increase in renewable energy.” “
In the coming years, coal mining and its associated electricity generation will likely contribute to the increased emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide,” said Freedman.
“But it is the continued use of power plants as a primary source of generation that will contribute the most to greenhouse gas emissions, especially when combined with the rapid increase in renewable energy.”
He added, “We estimate that coal burning for electric generation in the next few decades could add a staggering 30 percent to the emissions of CO2 emissions by 2050, and this estimate is based on coal burning only as a fuel.”
The UCS analysis also found that emissions from power generation alone account for about a third of the total carbon emissions from the energy sector.
The report cites a 2013 study by Stanford University that found coal burning could contribute to climate impacts that range from reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface, which could slow global warming, to increasing the amount and intensity of extreme weather events.