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Science, Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Coal Consumption

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  • This resource includes an interactive map and graphs that show the quantity of coal consumed (measured in Terawatt-hours) in countries around the world since 1900.
  • It includes commercial solid fuels only: bituminous coal, anthracite (hard coal), lignite, brown (sub-bituminous) coal, and other commercial solid fuels.
  • Excludes coal converted to liquid or gaseous fuels but includes coal consumed in transformation processes. 
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides three different ways for students to explore data (chart, map, table). Students may choose to view datasets for various geographic locations and time periods.
  • Related research and data are linked.
  • The site explains how the data was collected.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners need to be familiar with different sources of energy.
  • Educator would need time to get familiar with this interactive media and decide on how to implement it with the learners.


  • There are other related interactive maps for other sources of energy.
  • Can be used to create awareness about one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Scientist Notes

Data from China showed a steady rise in coal consumption for energy. This is as a result of intense coal mining activities. No threshold is set, but there is marked increase from 2002-2007 and 2010-2013. Students can explore China and other countries they select to understand these changes. This resource is suitable for teaching.

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