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Nature Interrupted: The Science of Environmental Chain Reactions
     

Nature Interrupted: The Science of Environmental Chain Reactions

by Darlene R. Stille, Stille
 

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Our world is made up of interconnected systems. When one element changes, the entire system is affected, and nature must absorb the change or be thrown out of balance. People often cause these environmental chain reactions through negative actions such as dumping chemical waste, but sometimes they are caused by a good idea. It might start with a plan to get rid of

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Our world is made up of interconnected systems. When one element changes, the entire system is affected, and nature must absorb the change or be thrown out of balance. People often cause these environmental chain reactions through negative actions such as dumping chemical waste, but sometimes they are caused by a good idea. It might start with a plan to get rid of disease-causing insects or to fertilize soil to grow more crops. An environmental chain reaction can affect an area as small as a pond in a city park or as big as the whole planet. Nature requires a delicate balance, and it often takes just one small action to have far-reaching effects.

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Best intentions sometimes result in consequences well beyond the intended: antibacterial soap in waste water passes through the sewage system, leaving triclocarban, which is toxic when ingested, to accumulate in the waste material that is often used as fertilizer. Is our food supply contaminated? Scientists are trying to determine whether these linked events, called environmental chain reactions, have caused toxins to migrate up the food chain. Similarly, the Monarch Biosphere Reserve in Mexico enjoys a protected status, but illegal logging threatens to diminish the forest to the point that the Monarch butterfly is threatened with extinction. Chain reactions can be local or global; linked local chain reactions become a global concern. The disruption in the global carbon cycle, which releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming, begins at home. Individuals can influence this global cycle by choosing a more energy efficient lifestyle. The result can be a reverse chain reaction, helping to bringing balance back to the environment. Scientists predict that individuals making wise choices will play an important roll in restoring the planet to health. This book, one in the "Headline Science" series, is illustrated with photographs and sidebars detailing selected facts or features titled "Now You Know" and "Keeping Current" and concludes with a timeline, a glossary, a list of recommended further resources, source notes, a note about the author, and an index. This book is recommended for upper elementary and middle school libraries and science classrooms. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Gr 5-7

Environmentally relevant subjects are introduced through excerpts from newspaper and journal articles. Gasoline clearly examines the history and technology of hydrogen fuel cells, including the various types such as proton exchange membrane and alkaline cells. An excellent description of how the technology works gives readers an understanding of both the successes and problems relating to these promising energy sources. This title is a fine introduction to the hydrogen economy and the necessary elimination of carboniferous energy sources in order to protect both the environment and the general economy. Nature reviews the importance of subtle links in the environmental chain and the far-reaching consequences of its disruption. The possible harm to the food chain caused by the use of antibacterial soap is one case study. The flow of energy from one organism to the next in the food web and the unexpected results when this relationship is disrupted are shown in examinations of monarch butterflies, zebra mussels, and algal blooms. The color illustrations and charts in both volumes are clear and helpful, and the text, although information rich, is not overly difficult. These titles will be useful for research.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756539498
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Headline Science Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

PWB Biography Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene lives and writes in Michigan. CPB Biography Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene Stille now lives and writes in Michigan. Darlene R. Stille is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people, including collections of biographies. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she discovered her love of writing. She now lives and writes in Michigan.

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