Reducing the Carbon Footprint

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World at Risk investigates some of the major environmental challenges that we face today. These challenges arise from a rapidly growing world population, the pollution and waste generated by human activity, and our demands on Earth's limited resources. The series examines the nature and causes of these problems and looks at some of the ways in which we might respond.

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Mankato, MN 2010 Hard cover New. Library binding. Paper over boards. 44 p. Contains: Illustrations, color. World at Risk. Audience: Young adult.

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Overview

World at Risk investigates some of the major environmental challenges that we face today. These challenges arise from a rapidly growing world population, the pollution and waste generated by human activity, and our demands on Earth's limited resources. The series examines the nature and causes of these problems and looks at some of the ways in which we might respond.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint examines the important issue of the carbon emissions that result from modern living. It explains how carbon gases are created, why they have increased dramatically in recent years, and the effects that these increases are having on the delicate balance of the Earth's environment. It also shows how everyone can play a part in reducing their own carbon footprint.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Concern about climate change and exploding world population has prompted many new informational books, of which this title from the "World at Risk" series is one example. Illustrated with color photos, maps, charts, and drawings, it offers serviceable text and many "Planet Watch" sidebars full of statistics. The first two chapters of Reducing the Carbon Footprint examine gases that make up our carbon footprint (carbon dioxide, methane, fluorocarbons, and nitrous oxide) and how their rapid increase is having disastrous effects on Earth's balance of gases. One chapter discusses alternative carbon-neutral technologies such as solar energy, wind power, geothermal energy, nuclear power, and hydrogen cells. Another section stresses that, individual carbon footprints must also be reduced; especially in the most developed countries, by changing lifestyles and making farming and manufacturing more efficient. Is it too late to avert disaster? Final chapters look at government actions such as the Kyoto Protocol, taking responsibility for carbon emissions, developing carbon trading systems, and setting individual limits for carbon use. Worldwide efforts are needed immediately—the author concludes: "no country is reducing its carbon footprint sufficiently at the moment." Each title in the series has a "Facts and Figures" spread; in this one, students can see that in 2004 Vietnam and India had exceptionally low carbon footprints, while Qatar and Kuwait had the highest (these facts need updating). Illustrations are adequate, but not eye-catching, though a glossary and a bibliography (websites included) may be helpful. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–The chapters in these surveys provide a paragraph each on a wide variety of subjects. For example, Water's “Clean Water and Wastewater” discusses such subtopics as freshwater, underground and flood water, and problems caused to residents of developing countries by a lack of access to sanitation. This book is the best example of the strengths of the series: logical organization for research and well-constructed diagrams. Although some outside sources, including the World Health Organization, are cited in sidebars, many of the facts in the main text are undocumented and can be difficult to verify. Waste Disposal, for example, states that Australia recycles 70% of its total waste, but a 2008 Australian government study suggests overall recycling rates are closer to 46%. Although the series has promise, the lack of sources and the inability to verify information sets a poor example for researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599203751
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: World at Risk Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is a Carbon Footprint? 8

Chapter 2 From Carbon Cycle to Vicious Circle 12

Chapter 3 Alternative Technologies 18

Chapter 4 Changing Lifestyles 26

Chapter 5 Trading and Offsetting 32

Chapter 6 Taking the Lead 36

Facts and Figures 40

Glossary and Further Reading 42

Index and Web Finder 44

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