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Renewable Energy Resources

Renewable Energy Resources

by Trevor Smith, Nicole Bezic King (Editor)

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Children's Literature
We roll up to the neighborhood gas station, we sit in car pool lines, we flip a light switch or turn up the heat in our living rooms. Are we using energy that is finite or can it be renewed? Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas are energy sources that cannot be renewed. Should we be concentrating on looking for ways we can create non-polluting renewable resources using sun, wind and water? This book, part of the "Understanding Global Issues" series, takes on hydropower, geothermal energy, solar power and the largely untapped potential of wind energy. It features a biography of Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist who, in 1800, invented the electric battery and for whom the "volt" is named. Careers mentioned include engineer, architect and hydraulics engineer. This volume contains a wealth of colorful photos, maps, charts, timelines, key concepts, glossary, bibliography, computer resources and index. One particularly intriguing boxed-aside features Scotland's stingray, an offshore tidal generator installed off the coast of that country's Shetland Islands. This device sits in the tidal stream and is able to transform energy from the flowing tides into enough electricity to light hundreds of homes. If the other books in this series are as good as this one, the series is a must for middle and high school libraries. 2004, Weigl Publishers/Smart Apple Media, Ages 14 to Adult.
— Judy Crowder
These two excellent Understanding Global Issues series entries, Earth's Changing Climate and Renewable Energy Resources, join other books on Antarctica, gridlock, and healthy cities in this ongoing series. Earth's Changing Climate presents a balanced examination of the concerns and debate surrounding global warming. The facts and the arguments are provided in nonbiased language that allows readers to draw their own conclusions. If there is one flaw in the presentation of information, it might be that quotes taken out of context can present a distorted picture; however, that occurrence is rare in the text. Renewable Energy Resources examines different energy sources, how they are used currently, and what the projected use will be. It covers wind, water, and solar energy, and spends a marginal amount of time on bio-energy or biomass. It also strives to present a balanced view, although it is less balanced than the first title. The layout and presentation of each book is particularly well done. The titles use color photographs and charts throughout to highlight each concept. There are sidebars with pertinent information such as key concepts, models of equipment, and definitions of programs that are referred to within the main text. Each title also includes sections on careers in the energy industry, a time line of events, biographies, a concept web, a quiz, and a list of resources for further reading. Overall these titles are excellent additions to middle school collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined asgrades 7 to 9). 2004, Smart Apple Media, 56p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. Charts. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 11 to 15.
—Mary Ann Harlan

Product Details

Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
Understanding Global Issues Series
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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