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bang_buried-sunlight_170x209Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth
Gr. K–3, 4–6     48 pp.     Scholastic/Blue Sky

Illustrated by Molly Bang. Bang and Chisholm explain the production and consumption of fossil fuels, along with the consequences of all that energy use: climate change. The sun serves as narrator describing the relationship between photosynthesis (plants) and respiration (animals) and energy; a slight imbalance produces fossil fuels. Bang’s illustrations brilliantly represent the chemistry: bright yellow dots of energy against a deep-blue background hover over their producers.
Subjects: Earth Science; Fossil fuels; Climate change; Astronomy—Sun; Energy

resources_colson_what-happens-if-the-ozone-disappearsColson, Mary  What Happens If the Ozone Disappears?
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple

Colson, Mary  What Happens If the Rain Forests Disappear?
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.      Smart Apple

Royston, Angela  What Happens If We Overfish the Oceans?
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple

Royston, Angela  What Happens When an Ice Cap Melts?
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple

Unstable Earth series. These titles present worst-case scenarios for each topic. Clear explanations of general problems come first, followed by chapters with specifics (e.g., oil drilling, pesticides) in text blocks. Increasingly dire projections for future decades and centuries are interspersed, complete with dystopian headlines. Small, individual mitigations are suggested on the last pages. Color photographs, charts, and other visuals fill busy spreads. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Environment—Greenhouse effect; Pollution and Conservation; Rainforests; Environment—Conservation—Natural resources; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife; Fishing; Fishers

resources_hand_dead-zonesHand, Carol  Dead Zones: Why Earth’s Waters Are Losing Oxygen
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Twenty-First Century

The oxygen-poor sections of the Gulf of Mexico, Baltic Sea, and other bodies of water threaten marine and coastal animal populations, as well as human livelihoods. Hand explains the main causes — fertilizers and runoff from upstream agribusinesses and lawns; human sewage — and possible engineering and policy solutions. Color photographs and diagrams illustrate the scope of the challenge and its impact. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Water; Animals—Fish; Animals—Marine animals

resources_iyer_endangered-energyIyer, Rani  Endangered Energy: Investigating the Scarcity of Fossil Fuels
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone

Iyer, Rani  Endangered Rivers: Investigating Rivers in Crisis
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone

Fact Finders: Endangered Earth series. These volumes point to the role humans have played in endangering Earth’s resources. The information is presented in four chapters; each book’s final chapter focuses on what government and individuals can do now before it’s too late. The (somewhat choppy) texts are accessible and supported by photos, diagrams, and related fact boxes. Common Core–related questions are appended. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Rivers; Water; Fossil fuels; Energy; Environment—Conservation—Natural resources

resources_lawrence_dirty-airLawrence, Ellen  Dirty Air
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Bearport

Lawrence, Ellen  Garbage Galore
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Bearport

Lawrence, Ellen  Global Warming
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Bearport

Lawrence, Ellen  Poisoned Rivers and Lakes
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Bearport

Lawrence, Ellen  Polluted Oceans
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Bearport     2014
Library binding ISBN 978-1-62724-236-3
Ebook ISBN 978-1-62724-237-0

Green World, Clean World series. Clearly and simply, these books delineate the environmental problems of their titles. Colorful photos show harmful ecological effects of human behaviors, along with a few photos of remedies. Some of the recommendations are simplistic: e.g., wind turbines and hydropower are lauded without any mention of the negative environmental impacts involved. Each book has a single activity page. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Air pollution; Environment—Recycling; Environment—Refuse and refuse disposal; Climate change; Lakes; Rivers; Marine ecology; Oceans

From the October 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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