June 7, 2018
I love data journalism and I love a good map, and the folks at Carbon Brief have just released a doozy of a visual that combines both. Using data from CoalSwarm’s Global Coal Plant Tracker, it shows the location of every coal plant in the world — planned, under construction, operating, and retiring — from 2000 up through the present.
It’s endlessly fascinating. You can search by zip code, rotate, even zoom in super close and get a satellite view. Here’s the Yangtze Delta around Shanghai, the world’s heaviest concentration of coal capacity. All the yellow blobs are coal plants, their diameter relative to the size.