Despite carbon concerns, new coal plants planned globally

Despite global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, 1,200 new coal-fired power plants have been proposed worldwide including  36  in the United States, according to estimates by the World Resources Institute.

The proposed coal plants would have the capacity of  more than 1.4 million megawatts, greater than all of the power plants in the United States now. China and India would be  home to 818 of the  plants, or about 76 percent of the proposed coal power capacity.

The World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank based in Washington, counted all proposed coal-fired power plants, regardless of how likely the projects were to be built.

“Coal-fired power plants are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, one that could be increasing significantly,” wrote report author Ailun Yang in an analysis of the data.

The United States had about 580 coal plants in 2010, though that number has been rapidly declining as power producers switch to natural gas generation and federal regulations clamp down on emissions.

The World Resources Institute released this interactive map, showing where most of the proposed coal plants are slated to be built: