Geopolitics vs Individual Action

Will anything we do matter if the US and China don’t cut back on coal?

Since 2011, China has consumed more coal than the rest of the world combined. Currently it accounts for more than 50% of the world’s coal use. US ranks third in the world, but a boom in coal use in India has made it the second largest user with a 11% share.

The fate of the human race is tied to how the coal industry fares in the next decade. Currently almost 500 GW of coal power plants are being built or planned around the world.
Since coal is the single largest contributor to anthropogenic climate change (46%), its use is also the biggest hurdle to stopping global warming.

So while electric vehicles, recycling, energy efficient buildings and afforestation are all important steps, without stopping the use of coal we cannot hope to turn the tide of climate change.

(Source: Carbon brief, BBC,