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This brief reference work provides an overview of the issues facing the natural world in the next century as civilization continues to overpopulate and pollute. The introduction explains that an estimated three species per hour are being pushed into extinction, almost all as a result of humankind's decimation of the environment. The A to Z format of the book is enhanced by four special features that appear in the entries, including keywords used in environmental studies, highlights of particularly important endangered species, profiles of scientists and activists in the field, or "fast facts" that emphasize statistics concerning the issues. These colorful feature boxes are part of an overall attractive format. Most entries are one or two paragraphs in length; within the text, words that have an entry of their own are printed in caps. Topics range from animals and their biomes to climate and pollution. Although a few of the articles on popular subjects, such as rain forests, soil conservation, and whales, are a couple of pages in length, the encyclopedia is mainly suitable as a starting point for research. The bibliography and the lengthy directory of environmental agencies and organizations, many with Web site addresses, should lead the reader to more indepth sources. This book's lively, easytoread style makes it appropriate for middle school students seeking a report topic or generally browsing the field of environmental science. Collections that cater to the upper elementary through junior high school audience will find this encyclopedia a valuable resource. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Biblio. Appendix. 1999, Franklin Watts, Ages 12 to 15, 160p. PLB $39. Reviewer: Kevin Beach
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The Encyclopedia of the Environment is a comprehensive, high-interest reference book that would be useful in classrooms and the reference section of school libraries. The book is arranged alphabetically and starts with a "hot-button" environmental issue: acid rain. This entry begins with a short discussion of the chemistry of acid rain, the role of fossil fuels, and several ways to solve the problem of acid rain. Each entry avoids scientific jargon and is well written. Students will be attracted to the book because of its "keep it simple" style and factual correctness. The book ends with a history of zoos and aquariums and how people interact with them. The graphics are colorful and appealing. Interesting photos and clear and colorful charts and graphs make this book more than just another reference book. One example is the section on gorillas. The text that talks about these animals fills almost one column of a page. On the next page is a large, interesting photo of a gorilla "glaring" at the photographer. At the bottom of this page is a thumbnail biography about Dian Fossey—her life and the significance of her work. The Encyclopedia also has three useful "help" sections. The first, "How to Use This Book," helps the reader understand the role of "Keywords," shows where to find cross-referencing notation, and presents "Fast Facts," which highlight interesting information. The second section is the bibliography, with more than 75 entries ranging from classics like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring to the easy-to-use books published by Time-Life, Inc. The last section is titled "Organizations and Agencies" and is a comprehensive list of groups from Greenpeace to the NationalGeographic Society. Besides the name of the group, the list includes its address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This type of list has been useful to me as I guide students while they conduct research in my classes. I recommend The Encyclopedia of the Environment for use in middle school classrooms and as a reference book in the school library. The book would also be useful for high school students who are not reading on grade level. Recommended, Grades 7-12. REVIEWER: Jeffrey Kobman (Spotsylvania Middle School)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531117095
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Reference Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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