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Coal: A Human History

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Coal generates over half of the electricity we consume yet we know little about this charred material save a few mining songs and horror stories about canaries and black lungs. In this sumptuous book we follow the black rock through time and discover its link to our past and future.
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In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as “the best stone in Britain” by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal’s world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including centuries of blackening our skies and lungs—and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. Ranging from the “great stinking fogs” of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance with an extraordinary impact on human civilization.

Synopsis:

The fascinating history of a simple black rock that has shaped the world--and now threatens it. In this remarkable book, Freese takes readers on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe.

About the Author

Barbara Freese, an assistant attorney general of Minnesota for more than twelve years, helped enforce her state’s air pollution laws and along the way became fascinated by coal.

Table of Contents

Coal 1. A Portable Climate

2. The Best Stone in Britain

3. Launching a Revolution

4. Full Steam Ahead

5. A Precious Seed

6. The Rise and Fall of King Coal

7. Invisible Power

8. A Sort of Black Stone

9. A Burning Legacy

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000984
Author:
Freese, Barbara
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Ra
Author:
Freese, Barba
Location:
New York
Subject:
Rocks & Minerals
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Industrialization
Subject:
Coal miners
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
Coal
Subject:
Pollutants
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Power Resources - Fossil Fuels
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
1737-19
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.36x5.04x.58 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142000984 Reviews:
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Coal generates over half of the electricity we consume yet we know little about this charred material save a few mining songs and horror stories about canaries and black lungs. In this sumptuous book we follow the black rock through time and discover its link to our past and future.

"Synopsis" by , The fascinating history of a simple black rock that has shaped the world--and now threatens it. In this remarkable book, Freese takes readers on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe.

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