Coal is our most plentiful fossil fuel, but is it too dirty? As oil supplies run out we will need to find other sources of energy.
Coal reserves could last another 150 years but coal burning power stations contribute to global warming by spewing out billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The race is on to find ways to burn this fossil fuel more efficiently or trap the carbon dioxide it produces underground.
World Energy Issues is a topical new series looking at the choices we face to fuel our future. Big ideas are presented clearly, helped by though provoking diagrams and photographs.
As well as providing essential information, the series is designed to stimulate discussion by looking at the past, the likely outcomes and what we can all do to make a difference.
About the Author
Jim Pipe, has written on a range of subjects for young people, from science, geography and the natural environment to history and horror.
Series: World Energy Issues Ser.
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 2nd December 2010
Dimensions (cm): 29.4 x 22.6 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.445