Britain is about to have its first day without coal since the Industrial Revolution

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    LONDON — Britain expects Friday to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn’t depended on coal for electricity.

    The U.K. has steadily tried to reduce its reliance on the most-polluting of fossil fuels by increasing the use of natural gas and alternatives such as wind. The previous record for coal-free power was 19 hours, according to National Grid, which operates the country’s transmission system and expects to achieve 24 hours on Friday.

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