An infographic on the top 10 most dangerous coal plants in the world and a chart that shows how coal plants contribute to climate change.
The chart was released Tuesday as the world grapples with the massive emissions from coal plants that spew out tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants and cause climate change and respiratory illnesses.
The report by the Global Coal Project at Columbia University shows how much of the world is burning coal at current emissions levels.
It’s the latest effort to paint a grim picture of the impact of coal power plants, which are responsible for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
It shows that the biggest coal plants emit more greenhouse gas than the next-largest and most polluting, a group of coal plants near the capital, Beijing.
The second-biggest coal plant is located in the southern U.S., with a carbon dioxide footprint of about a ton of carbon.
The third-largest is located on the island nation of Mauritius, which is home to some of the worst coal plants on Earth.
It also shows that coal plants tend to have the most emissions in the worst-affected areas, such as the central and southern U, Asia and the Caribbean.
The report notes that the coal plant in the central U.K. is a particularly egregious offender, emitting nearly 400 tons of CO2-equivalent per year.
The plant emits 2.6 tons of coal a year.
It is also one of only a handful of coal-fired plants in Europe, the report says.
“The United Kingdom is a key international coal exporter.
But its coal-burning capacity is falling, and that is putting pressure on the climate,” said Dr. David Jones, co-director of the Global Carbon Project.
Jones noted that coal plant pollution is also linked to the deaths of more than 70 million people, including 1.4 million people who have been affected by air pollution from coal power plant emissions.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1.5 billion people worldwide live in areas with coal-related air pollution, and the World Meteorological Organization has warned that coal power could cause the planet to warm up by more than 1 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.
The world is on track to hit the 2 degrees Celsius mark in 2100.