The Invisible Carbon

Coal Provides 40 percent of the world’s electricity. It produces 39 percent of global CO₂ emissions. It kills thousands a year in mines, many more with polluted air.

All charts: John Tomanio and Alexander Stegmaier, NGM Staff

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Art: Álvaro Valiño

Sources: Howard Herzog, MIT; U.S. Energy Information Administration

Sources: Howard Herzog, MIT; U.S. Energy Information Administration

*U.S.S.R. data prior to 1992

Sources: Thomas Boden, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; R. A. Houghton, Woods Hole Research Center; EPA