An in-depth study of wildlife, examining the causes and effects of the ongoing extinction crisis, as well as what people can do to protect, preserve, and propagate species that contribute to Earth’s valuable biodiversity.
Part of the Odysseys in the Environment series
At a time when environmental issues are being hotly debated, it is more important than ever that young people be fully informed. These titles invite advanced readers on a journey to explore the history of environmental affairs like never before. Each volume features a sophisticated design peppered with arresting photographs and relevant, compelling examples to clarify potentially complicated subjects. Multiple sidebars provide fodder for additional discussion and thought, and numerous resources are listed to encourage further interaction.
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
Those who live in cities don’t interact with wild animals often—except for squirrels, rabbits, and some kinds of birds—and may be unaware of the problem addressed in this book. But the world is slowly losing wildlife, often due to human conditions and interactions. River water is often diverted for peoples’ use, causing rivers to dry up; the increase in greenhouse gases is raising the planet’s temperature, causing many animals to change their habitat; human expansion causes forests to be cut, leaving the animals that use these regions with no place to go. It is believed the number of animals of all kinds is decreasing, as many become endangered or extinct because of conditions such as these. Sometimes, the introduction of invasive species can cause an incredible amount of damage to a certain ecosystem. For example, pigs brought into the Hawaiian Islands ate native plants and made shallow puddles. These served as a good breeding ground for mosquitoes, which often carry diseases fatal to humans and other animals. Other times, changes in the habitat can lead to unexpected problems. Snakes are necessary hunters of rodents in many areas, and loss of their habitat can cause the overpopulation of rodents. Reading this book is an eyeopener, as it draws attention to many animal and insect species becoming endangered or extinct. As humans, we need to be reminded that it is our job to help them. Let this book be a reminder that we must all do our part in saving our precious wildlife. Well-suited to science and biology units.
–Children's Literature, 09/04/2022