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Rank   Countries  Amount 
# 1   China: 1,310,000,000 
# 2   United States: 1,060,000,000 
# 3   India: 339,000,000 
# 4   Russia: 298,000,000 
# 5   Germany: 265,000,000 
# 6   South Africa: 170,500,000 
# 7   Japan: 149,500,000 
# 8   Australia: 144,170,000 
# 9   Korea, North: 103,600,000 
# 10   Ukraine: 97,200,000 
# 11   Turkey: 81,100,000 
# 12   Korea, South: 71,700,000 
# 13   Greece: 70,500,000 
# 14   Canada: 67,000,000 
# 15   United Kingdom: 66,100,000 
# 16   Taiwan: 52,900,000 
# 17   Spain: 45,190,000 
# 18   Thailand: 24,900,000 
# 19   Brazil: 23,500,000 
# 20   Italy: 22,400,000 
# 21   France: 20,890,000 
# 22   Mexico: 13,410,000 
# 23   Indonesia: 12,000,000 
# 24   Philippines: 9,500,000 
# 25   Vietnam: 7,300,000 
# 26   Portugal: 6,670,000 
# 27   Chile: 5,100,000 
# 28   Pakistan: 4,600,000 
# 29   Colombia: 4,500,000 
# 30   Malaysia: 3,300,000 
# 31   Iran: 2,300,000 
# 32   Egypt: 2,200,000 
# 33   Norway: 1,570,000 
# 34   Argentina: 1,470,000 
# 35   Peru: 920,000 
= 36   Venezuela: 70,000 
= 36   Paraguay: 70,000 
= 36   Panama: 70,000 
= 36   Nigeria: 70,000 
# 40   Ghana: 3,000 
# 41   Azerbaijan:
Total: 4,558,273,000  
Weighted average: 111,177,390.2  



DEFINITION: Billion short tons of coal consumed per country per year.

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COMMENTARY     

Edria Murray
Staff Editor

3rd February 2005
Coal consumption is an environmental concern for two reasons:


  1. Coal is a non renewable fossil fuel.

  2. When coal is burned, carbon

    dioxide
    and sulfur oxides are released

    into the atmosphere.


Atmospheric carbon dioxide is considered to be a contributor to the
href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenhouse_effect>greenhouse effect
. Along with

other greenhouse gases including methane, CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) nitrous oxide and

hydrofluorocarbons, carbon dioxide prevents heat from leaving the Earth's atmosphere. As

more heat is trapped, the Earth's surface will become warmer. This process is called
href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming>Global warming.
Global warming could

cause rising sea levels, flooding and changes in regional climates.



In December 1997 the Kyoto

protocol
, which set limits for the emission of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide

was negotiated. Countries which have ratified the Kyoto Protocol are expected to have met

their agreed target rate of emissions by 2012. As of November 2004, 127 countries have

ratified the agreement.



Sulfur oxides in the air react with water to produce
href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_rain>acid rain
. Acis rain is responsible for

damage to trees, ecosystems, buildings, artworks and metals.

Maurie Fabrikant (fabmelco@optusnet.com.au)
5th January 2007
Most interesting information ... but a little confusing.

The total consumption quoted is 4,558,273,000 which I interpret as 4.558 billion.

The definition, however, states "Billion short tons of coal consumed per country per year."

My question is "Is the total quoted - 4,558,273,000 - short tons or billions of short tons?"

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