Coal’s share of energy market at highest level since 1970

Use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 faster than any other fossil fuel

Coal has reached its highest market share of global energy consumption for more than 40 years, figures reveal, despite fears that its high carbon emissions make it a prime cause of climate change.

The use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 faster than any other fossil fuel while its share of the market breached 30% for the first time since 1970, the BP Statistical Review reports.

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