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Coal by Barbara Freese
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Apr 17, 2010

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Am listening to the audio version. It tells the history of coal; as a ornamental stone (early Rome), as a fuel (Britian, etc), and how it contributed to the Industrial Revolution. The mining of coal and the use of coal as a fuel to power steam engines that were used in England's textile mills was a major factor in child labor and is blamed for the short life expectantcy in the industrial areas at that time. It's value as a fuel has always been balanced with its polluting effects. As a major contributor to the creation of greenhouse gasses it is now recognized for its effect on global warming.

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