The Environment in the News

The Environment in the News

by Yael Calhoun
     
 
Science has shown us that what happens in the air, in the oceans, and to other living things affects people everywhere. When these changes affect the quality of our lives, it becomes news. The Environment in the News examines three critical global concerns-climate change, endangered species, and air pollution. This book helps readers understand the science behind the

Overview

Science has shown us that what happens in the air, in the oceans, and to other living things affects people everywhere. When these changes affect the quality of our lives, it becomes news. The Environment in the News examines three critical global concerns-climate change, endangered species, and air pollution. This book helps readers understand the science behind the news stories, which is a key to understanding how our actions, and the policies we support, have significant and long-lasting consequences.

About the Author:
Yael Calhoun teaches environmental biology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
This book is a readable mini-course on the environment. Each of the three chapters follows the same logical sequence. As per the title, there is an attention-grabbing "What's in the News" section. This is followed by clear explanations in "The Science." New information can be found in this section. For example, this is where readers find out about the fact that some plants emit a number of complex organic compounds called volatile organic compounds, as well as about air pollution and how it is formed. If a student or family has ever wondered how greenhouse gases are made and measured per household, this book even covers that. The "History" section seems like laborious reading, mostly because it is often discouraging. The "Current Issue and Future Considerations," combined with "What an Individual Can Do" makes one feel that each person can take action to make the world's environment better. The book's author, Yeal Calhoun, makes the solid connection between the environment and the economy, something that many environment books fail to do. This book is well-documented with endnotes which would enable anyone who wants to see the original sources the ability to search further. This book is an excellent resource for any library or science class. With thoughtful reading, an inquisitive student could come up with some science fair questions and be able to start the research at the same time. The pictures and illustrations clarify the text. There is a good index and also a glossary at the end for words used but not defined in the text of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791092538
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Science News Flash Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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