Odysseys in the Environment: Water for Life
Odysseys in the Environment: Water for Life
Odysseys in the Environment: Water for Life

Odysseys in the Environment: Water for Life

Valerie Bodden (Author)

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An in-depth study of water, examining the causes and effects of the decreasing availability and pollution of fresh water, as well as what people can do to reduce consumption and protect water resources.

Part of the Odysseys in the Environment series

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Although Earth has always had the same amount of water, according to this installment in theOdysseys in the Environment series (6 titles), it’s running out of clean fresh water.Straightforward, balanced text helps students examine global water concerns. The book beginswith chapters on the water cycle and human water consumption around the world andprogresses to human-induced impacts on and threats to clean water, plus numerous initiatives torestore clean water and wetlands and reduce water consumption. Full-page, high-quality colorphotos provide breaks in the text and examples of water sources, water usage, and effects ofhuman activity. Short, intermittent stories add related information about topics such asPlayPumps in Africa that function as both merry-go-rounds for children and water pumps for thecommunity. The book’s concise coverage will serve student researchers well.

–Angela Leeper, Booklist, 04/01/2022

Each title covers current challenges facing the modern world today. Starting with a detailed table of contents the topics are introduced, then further broken down by what challenges are faced, what the future looks like, how readers can support the causes to make the situation better, and if there is an end in sight...There are red tabs that read ‘opposite’ and sometimes state a conflict or quick fact, along with gray takeaways, showing how nuance and complexity exist within each topic. Every chapter also connects the new information to readers and how they can change what they do to help the environment. For example, The War on Waste covers the decades-long plan to turn New York City’s Fresh Kills Landfill into a park...[T]he photographs that are used have a great impact. The back matter includes a selected bibliography, endnotes/glossary, websites to visit, and an index. ­VERDICT A slightly dense, but still important, series on current challenges we face today.

School Library Journal, 04/01/2022

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