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Coal, Still a Growing Energy Resource

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Coal is still a leading source of energy worldwide. © THINKSTOCK

After stoking the Industrial Revolution, coal is still the primary source of fuel for power generation today. Coal is a low-cost resource with substantial reserves across the globe. But it is also a major source of carbon emissions and a threat to the climate and planet.

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CoalCoal is ranked by its degree of transformation or maturity, increasing in carbon content from... was the fuelFuel is any solid, liquid or gaseous substance or material that can be combined with an oxidant... that stoked the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Extracting coal from underground or open-pit mines continues to be a vital part of the world economy today.

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Although coalCoal is ranked by its degree of transformation or maturity, increasing in carbon content from... is no longer mined in France, it is produced on a large scale in many parts of the world. Cheap and easy to extract, abundant and widely distributed, it plays a prominent role in the energy mixThe range of energy sources of a region. . The major drawback of coal, however, is that it produces large amounts of carbon dioxide, thereby contributing to global warmingGlobal warming, also called planetary warming or climate change... .

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