Water

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.

Water examines issues around this most basic natural resource. It shows why water is so crucially important to us...

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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.

Water examines issues around this most basic natural resource. It shows why water is so crucially important to us in all aspects of our lives, including health and hygiene, food production, and industry. It explains why this vital resource is under threat and what measures can be taken to ensure readily available water supplies for future generations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Concern about climate change and exploding world population has prompted many new informational books, of which this title in 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 four chapters of Water highlight the urgent problems now plaguing this precious world resource. Pollution and global waste of water are stressing less developed countries, where water is so scarce that people have little even for basic needs. One chapter discusses causes of water pollution: poisonous chemicals in rivers and seas, oil spills, agricultural use of poisons and fertilizers, red tides, and acid rain. Another section explores the effects of global warming, which contributes to melting glaciers, rising sea levels, possible disruption of the Gulf Stream ("Will Europe Freeze Over?"), loss of habitats, and flooding—the Maldives may disappear entirely. Is there any hope? A final chapter looks at the future of water, surveying possible governmental action such as the Kyoto Protocol, and initiatives from aid organizations and individuals. Measures like desalination, limiting irrigation, and using tidal and wave power are suggested. Each volume in the series has a "Facts and Figures" spread; in this one, students may be surprised to learn how much water is used to produce items like a car or a pound of coffee. 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: 9781599203799
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: World at Risk Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Water for Life 8

Chapter 2 Clean Water and Wastewater 12

Chapter 3 Water Pollution 18

Chapter 4 Global Warming 26

Chapter 5 Water in the Future 32

Facts and Figures 40

Glossary and Further Reading 42

Index and Web Finder 44

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