Trashing the Planet: Examining Our Global Garbage Glut

Trashing the Planet: Examining Our Global Garbage Glut

by Stuart A. Kallen


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Trashing the Planet: Examining Our Global Garbage Glut by Stuart A. Kallen

On a global scale, humans create around 2.6 trillion pounds of waste every year. None of this trash is harmless—landfills and dumps leak toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater, while incinerators release toxic gases and particles into the air. What can we do to keep garbage from swallowing up Earth? Reducing, reusing, recycling, and upcycling are some of the answers. Learn more about the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean Cleanup Array, the zero waste movement, and the many other government, business, research, and youth efforts working to solve our planet's garbage crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512413144
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 1,249,953
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From Rags and Bones to Plastic Disaster 4

Chapter 2 The United States of Trash 20

Chapter 3 Toxins in Our Trash 32

Chapter 4 Take Control of Your Plate 46

Chapter 5 A Graveyard of Global Waste 58

Chapter 6 Oceans of Plastic 70

Chapter 7 Space Junk 82

Source Notes 92

Glossary 95

Selected Bibliography 99

Further Information 100

Index 102

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