The Environment in the News

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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 ...
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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791092538
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Science News Flash Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Endangered Species     1
What's in the News?     2
The Science     4
History of the Issue     16
Current Issues and Future Considerations     23
What the Individual Can Do     27
References     29
Further Reading     34
Air Pollution     35
What's in the News?     36
The Science     37
History of the Issue     49
Current Issues and Future Considerations     52
What the Individual Can Do     58
References     59
Further Reading     64
Global Climate Change     65
What's in the News?     66
The Science     67
History of the Issue     80
Current Issues and Future Considerations     81
What the Individual Can Do     87
References     89
Further Reading     95
Glossary     96
Index     99
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