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Prince Charles may be next in line for the throne but in case you didn’t know, he’s also an established author. He’s written a number of books — including A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture in 1989 and the children’s book The Old Man of Lochnagar in 1980 — but his latest endeavour combines his love of writing with his passion for the environment and it couldn’t be more perfect.

Climate Change “explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions to reduce its impact.” The prince co-authored it with environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburg.

Juniper told the Daily Mail, “His Royal Highness, Emily and I had to work very hard to make sure that each word did its job, while at the same time working with the pictures to deliver the points we needed to make.”

He added: “I hope we’ve managed to paint a vivid picture, and like those iconic titles from the 60s and 70s, created a title that will stand the test of time.”

It’s the first in a series of Ladybird Expert books and, despite the illustrated cover and Ladybird’s usual younger target audience, this one’s aimed at adults.

Rowland White, a publishing director with Penguin which produces Ladybird books, told The Times that Clarence House approached the publisher with the idea.

“It was a coincidence where we were thinking about a new series for adults after the huge success of the spoof books, but this time wanted some factual books by experts on science, history and arts subjects,” said White.

And it couldn’t have worked out better. Charles may be the next King of England but it’s his work as an environmentalist, and raising awareness of the dangers facing the planet, that really gets his royal motor running. He’s been at it for decades, working with charities and businesses and governments to promote sustainable ways of living and working. And whether it’s his work on climate change, campaigning against deforestation of the rain forests, championing organic farming (leading to the establishment of the Duchy Originals brand, which sources and supplies sustainably produced products), and now this book, Charles doesn’t look like he’s going to stop any time soon. Hopefully Climate Change is the first of many to come from the royal.