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Electricity from coal, conceptual image. Plug attached to a lump of coal, representing the burning of coal to produce electricity. This takes place in coal-burning power stations, where the heat from the burning coal is used to boil water into steam that drives turbines to produce the electricity. Coal is an example of a fossil fuel, and burning it releases stores of ancient carbon in the form of carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming.
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