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Pollution and conservation

Barker, David M.  E-Waste
Middle school, high school
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Hand, Carol  Melting Arctic Ice
Middle school, high school
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Perdew, Laura  The California Drought
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Perdew, Laura  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Middle school, high school     112 pp. ABDO/Essential Library

Ecological Disasters series. Contemporary threats to ecological systems and to the health of people, plants, and animals include natural disasters and human production of waste. These books delve deep into related science and technologies, each issue’s history, and ethical considerations. Descriptions of attempts to mitigate a problem; quotes from experts; and helpful photographs, diagrams, and sidebars reinforce each problem’s severity. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Ecology; Oceans; Plastics; Environment—Refuse and refuse disposal; Electronics; Environment—Recycling; Arctic regions; Climate change; Environment—Greenhouse effect; Water cycle; Weather—Droughts; California; Water

Barnard, Bryn  The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea
Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Knopf

Barnard profiles six marine species—jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae — and speculates on these creatures’ fates in light of climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The discussion touches on how science and innovation can help slow down or counteract damage, but Barnard doesn’t sugarcoat the situation. Detailed (uncaptioned) paintings accompany the dire warnings. Bib., glos.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Climate change; Marine ecology; Oceans; Animals—Marine animals; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife

Heos, Bridget  Follow That Bottle!: A Plastic Recycling Journey
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated

Heos, Bridget  Follow That Garbage!: A Journey to the Landfill
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated

Heos, Bridget  Follow That Paper!: A Paper Recycling Journey
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated

Heos, Bridget  Follow That Tap Water!: A Journey Down the Drain
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated

Illustrated by Alex Westgate. Keeping Cities Clean series. These slim introductory titles look at how cities deal with recycling, waste management, and water treatment; each book follows one item (e.g., a trash bag or water drop) through its public-works journey. The illustrations add a light touch, often showing the items with personified smiles or “Oh!” expressions as they are shredded, dumped, etc. A related activity is included. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Conservation—Natural resources; Water; City and town life; Environment—Refuse and refuse disposal; Environment—Recycling; Paper

Kallen, Stuart A.  Trashing the Planet: Examining Our Global Garbage Glut
Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Twenty-First Century

Kallen provides a thoughtful evaluation of the problems with human waste — particularly since the advent of plastic and a culture of disposable goods. The technologies of waste treatment, storage, and cleanup—as well as the challenges of waste removal in oceans across the globe and in space — are thoroughly examined. Effective photographs and charts are included throughout. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Refuse and refuse disposal

Stewart, Melissa  Droughts
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     HarperCollins/Harper

Illustrated by André Ceolin. Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Stewart presents a basic definition of droughts and then clearly explains the gradual effects of droughts on plant and animal life. The efforts of scientists to understand their causes — and of citizens in drought-prone areas to conserve water — are also discussed. Evocative illustrations depict arid landscapes and friendly scientists and families acting responsibly in low-water conditions. Activities and conservation tips are appended. Websites. Glos.
Subjects: Earth Science; Environment—Conservation—Natural resources; Weather—Droughts; Water; Water cycle

From the May 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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