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Companies around the world are leaving coal behind

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Almost a quarter of companies that owned a coal-fired power plant have abandoned the sector since 2010.

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Countries with the most firms exiting the coal-fired electricity sector

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The countries with most exits are heavy producers and consumers of coal. India, China, and US use more than twice as much coal than the rest of the world put together.

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Companies are leaving the sector in part because of the pressure to reduce carbon emissions.

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But governments and investors are also putting less money into coal projects, as clean energy is becoming cheaper.

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Year-over-year change in global coal production

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