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Pollution and Conservation

The Role of the IndividualFerguson, Rebecca The Role of the Individual
High school 144 pp. Greenhaven 2011
Henningfeld, Diane Andrews Nature and Wildlife
High school 136 pp. Greenhaven 2011
Langwith, Jacqueline Population, Resources, and Conflict
High school 124 pp. Greenhaven 2011
Miller, Debra A. Farming and the Food Supply
High school 135 pp. Greenhaven 2011
Streissguth, Tom The Role of Industry
High school 158 pp. Greenhaven 2011

Confronting Global Warming series. These books consider the current and potential future consequences of global warming on the human, animal, and plant populations and the resources we need to survive. Individual provides detailed recommendations for changes that readers and their families can make now to reduce their carbon footprints and potentially mitigate future problems. Color photographs and diagrams adequately illustrate the concepts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment–Conservation–Natural resources; Global warming; Nature; Environment–Conservation—Wildlife; Population; Food; Plants; Agriculture; Environment–Pollution; Industry

Can We Save the TigerJenkins, Martin Can We Save the Tiger?
Gr. K-3 56 pp. Candlewick 2011

Illustrated by Vicky White. This volume provides a gracefully organized overview of how some of our endangered fellow creatures are doing. Jenkins’s narrative voice is engagingly informal and lucid. White’s pencil and oil paint illustrations fill the large pages; the pictures are mostly in sober black and white with occasional blushes of color. A stunningly beautiful book as well as an eloquent appeal and consciousness-raiser. Websites. Ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment–Endangered species; Animals; Environment–Conservation–Wildlife

Bridging the Energy GapLangley, Andrew Bridging the Energy Gap
Gr. 4-6 48 pp. Raintree/Freestyle 2011

Environment Challenge series. The sources and uses of energy are examined from a global perspective to underscore the differences in energy consumption and conservation across various regions. Langley emphasizes sustainability, including case studies of energy disasters (mine collapses, oil spills) as well as alternative energy and sustainability successes. Color photographs, diagrams, and text asides further encourage readers to examine the issues. Reading/movie list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Fossil fuels; Energy

Having the EnergyLanz, Helen Having the Energy
Gr. 4-6 32 pp. Sea to Sea 2012
Lanz, Helen How Shall We Travel?
Gr. 4-6 32 pp. Sea to Sea 2012
Lanz, Helen Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Gr. 4-6 32 pp. Sea to Sea 2012
Lanz, Helen Shopping Choices
Gr. 4-6 32 pp. Sea to Sea 2012
Lanz, Helen What Shall We Eat?
Gr. 4-6 32 pp. Sea to Sea 2012
Lanz, Helen Wonderful Water
Gr. 4-6 32 pp. Sea to Sea 2012

Go Green series. These books examine how human activities–travel, shopping, watching TV–consume fossil fuels and contribute to climate change. Lanz challenges readers to adopt sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprints: walking or biking; reducing consumption of goods, energy, and water; and eating locally grown foods. Color photographs of energy use and conservation accompany the texts. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment–Conservation–Natural resources; Energy; Global warming; Transportation; Voyages and travels; Environment–Recycling; Environment–Refuse and refuse disposal; Agriculture; Farms and farm life; Food; Water

What Happens to Your Trash?Ward, D. J. What Happens to Our Trash?
Gr. K-3 40 pp. HarperCollins/Collins 2012

Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. A strong conservation message permeates this examination of garbage and the ways in which we get rid of it, from landfills and incinerators to recycling plants and composting. Ward includes practical steps young readers can take to reduce trash production. The cartoonlike illustrations portray friendly adults and children happily taking care of their waste.
Pollution and Conservation; Environment–Refuse and refuse disposal; Environment–Recycling

From the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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