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Conserving and Protecting Water: What You Can Do
     

Conserving and Protecting Water: What You Can Do

by Stephen Feinstein, Library
 

Some people think the earth should be called the "water planet," because even from space we can see that it is covered with water. But our water is endangered by pollution and global warming. Soon we may run short of water for drinking, irrigation, and other needs. Learn what causes these problems, and find out what kids can do to help save and protect this

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Some people think the earth should be called the "water planet," because even from space we can see that it is covered with water. But our water is endangered by pollution and global warming. Soon we may run short of water for drinking, irrigation, and other needs. Learn what causes these problems, and find out what kids can do to help save and protect this precious resource.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
While students will learn a lot in this text on water conservation, some will be downright scared by sentences like "Some scientists estimate that we will not have enough water to feed ourselves in twenty-five years' time," or the dire forecast over the potential to have geopolitical conflicts over water scarcity. For every idea put out, such as recycling wastewater or desalination, there's a gloomy prediction about why it is a bad idea. A chapter on water pollution includes a picture of a humpback whale entangled in a plastic line, a picture of birds soaked in oil from the Exxon Valdez spill and the problems resulting from groundwater pollution to acid rain. By the time the reader reaches the chapter on "Water Quality and Public Health" and its opening anecdote about families who developed cancer because of a polluted water supply, the student may feel more depressed and overwhelmed than have a sense of interest or empowerment. However, Feinstein does an excellent job of providing historical examples of water quality such as the Love Canal disaster, or how the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH burst into flames in 1969. All in all, it is a well-written accurate book, and would be the right addition for a specific lesson plan or reference book for a school library. It is part of the "Green Issues in Focus" series from Enslow Publishers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766033467
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Green Issues in Focus Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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