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Four Charts Reveal Seismic Shifts in Global Energy Within One Lifetime

From the rise of wind and solar to China’s appetite for LNG, how the world gets its power has changed dramatically since the 20th century. 

Roads cross between clusters of photovoltaic panels at the Solara 4 solar park in Vaqueiros, Faro district, Portugal. 

Roads cross between clusters of photovoltaic panels at the Solara 4 solar park in Vaqueiros, Faro district, Portugal. 

Photographer: Goncalo Fonseca/Bloomberg

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Every year, energy supermajor BP Plc performs a much-needed service for economists, analysts and long-term planners everywhere with its annual Statistical Review of World Energy. Published since the 1960s, it’s a trove of data on energy production and consumption, power generation, trade flows and other aspects of today’s energy system.