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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Climate Action

Resource Types

  • Data
  • Interactive Media

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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.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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