Problem

Long-term shortage of coal

Nature:
Although the world's total coal reserves considered together are sufficient for many centuries beyond the expected date of depletion of petroleum, some major producing countries are experiencing a shortage of certain coals, including those used for high-grade coke which is needed for the iron and steel industry and for fuel.
Counter Claim:
From 1980 to 1990 the price of coal decreased by almost 50 percent whilst reserves increased.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
16.02.1999 – 00:00 CET