What country leads renewable energy?

Grade level:  4 – 5th grades

Skills: Bar graphs

Related environmental issues: Energy

It was reported that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2000. Scientists consider that such change of global climate is primarily a problem of too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. To stop climate change, many countries have been trying to generate their electricity from renewable resources as much as possible by using sunlight, wind, and water. By increasing the use of renewable resources and reducing the use of fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), we will be able to reduce a lot of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The table below shows how much renewable energy capacity was added during 2011-2016 in 5 countries/regions.

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  1. Which country/region added the largest renewable energy capacity during 2011 and 2016?
  2. How many countries/region added less than 100 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity during 2011 and 2016?
  3. Which countries/region added about half as much capacity as China?
  4. Which countries/region added about as much capacity as India and Japan combined?

Sources: International Energy Agency (IEA), 2017. Renewables 2017 & Center for Energy and Climate Solutions 


Answer keys

  1. China
  2. 3
  3. EU
  4. United States


What state produces the largest amount of coal in the United States?

Grade level:  4th – 5th grades

Skills: Interpreting bar graphs

Related environmental issues: Energy

The bar graph below shows the amount of coal mined in the 8 largest coal producing states in 2015.


1.Which state mined the third largest amount of coal?

2.Which is larger, the difference between West Virginia and Montana or the difference between Kentucky and Texas?

3.Which fraction shows the ratio of Indiana to Wyoming?


4.What state mined about twice as much coal as Pennsylvania?

Sources: U.S. Energy information Administration


Answer keys

  1. Kentucky
  2. West Virginia and Montana
  3. C
  4. West Virginia