UK leads trend away from coal, with use down 52.5%, while China continues to consume less of the dirtiest fossil fuel

Global demand for coal fell in 2016 for the second consecutive year as the US and China burned less of the dirtiest fossil fuel, according to a BP study.

The UK was described as “most extreme example” of the trend away from coal, the use of which returned to levels not seen since the start of the industrial revolution.

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