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Power: Ethical Debates About Resources and the Environment
     

Power: Ethical Debates About Resources and the Environment

by Kate Ravilious
 

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How do science, and decisions that scientists make, affect us? What are the universal problems facing modern science? How are these issues dealt with in different societies? This series explores our role in monitoring, developing, and controlling scientific advances in a wide range of topics.

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How do science, and decisions that scientists make, affect us? What are the universal problems facing modern science? How are these issues dealt with in different societies? This series explores our role in monitoring, developing, and controlling scientific advances in a wide range of topics.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Dilemma in Modern Science" series, this book examines the concerns, benefits and costs of obtaining energy from renewable and non-renewable sources. The book looks at transportation and travel, wood and water, and how using any energy affects the environment. What is being introduced to the readers of this well-written group of books is the idea that nothing is free. Is it a right to use the available fossil fuels as we are able, or should we modify our behavior to save some? Should the government act for the benefit of people who want more gas or to protect the environment where the oil is hidden? These are tough questions, and many of us would prefer not to think about them. But Ravilious does well in her exploration of the issues. For example, about renewable resources, she notes: "Renewable power sources are not as efficient as fossil fuels and at the moment they are more expensive to produce. Should we be willing to accept these costs because of the long-term benefits of halting global warming?" This presentation of broad questions at the end of each section helps move the reader through difficult concepts. In addition, there are charts, graphs, maps, and many photographs that help ground the abstractions in the real world. Backmatter includes a timeline, a list of additional sources of information, a glossary, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780237533694
Publisher:
MMS Gold
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Dilemmas in Modern Science Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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