Coal has always been much more than just being important to an economy. It is, you may say, a rock of great fascination. Coal’s history dates long back. It played an important role in industrial revolution, from agrarian and handicraft dominated economy to the one with industry and machinery.
The world sure is moving away from production of coal, largely because of the environmental threats that it causes, but even today a greater part of power comes from coal. Various countries contribute to the production of the coal. Below given is the list of world’s highest coal-producing countries.
China leads all the way on 1st position with a production of 3,520 million tonnes in 2011, while The US, 2nd on the list, produces 992.8 million tonnes. India produced 588.5 million tonnes as 3rd on the list and European Union 4th with 576.1 million tonnes production.
Australia, 5th, produces 415.5 million tonnes. Russia 6th with 333.5 million tonnes production. Indonesia and South Africa stood 7th and 8th with 324.9 million tonnes and 255.1 million tonnes production, respectively.
Germany and Poland, 9th and 10th, produced 188.6 and 139.2 million tonnes, respectively. Kazakhstan, 11th on list, produced 115.9 million tonnes. All these figures are as per their 2011 coal production.