From formation to export, the key facts and figures.
China's crackdown on pollution and climate change may yet see coal use fall - but it's no certainty.
Despite advances in technology, carbon capture and storage could be unsettled by renewable upstarts.
India is at a crossroads: how to bring electricity to millions of people without power, while also dealing with climate change?
Millions of people live without access to electricity. Now it's a battle between coal and renewables to bring cheap power.
Miners were among the first workers to organise into trade unions from the middle of the 1700s, battling a lack of legal recognition and resistance from the mine owners.
Britain lucked out with its coal deposits – but other nations have developed without coal.
Despite its insidious influence on the climate and our health, coal has a lesser-known positive side to its otherwise dark soul. It has provided us with some stunning fossils.