This is a multi-topic series intended to highlight environmental problems and solutions. The issues are presented from a historical, local, global, and scientific perspective. The books use photographs, images, and different font styles to keep readers engaged. Books are co-authored by scientists who are experts in the topics presented. The sections “What Can I Do?,” “Trailblazers,” and “Expert Opinions,” highlight individual action and ideas. Glossary. Websites. Index. Recommended.
Library Media Connection, March/April 2012
The problem with what to do with trash, from historical times when garbage was largely ignored to more recent efforts to get it all under control, is the subject of this entry in the Second Nature series. Young readers seeking in-depth accounts of how systems, such as recycling, actually work will have to look elsewhere, and a section on business leaders and scientists who work to improve garbage collection and reuse is so abbreviated that students will likely have plenty of questions as they read. Still, this volume effectively emphasizes that trash is a global problem, and it presents a wide-ranging overview, from the floating garbage in the Pacific to seepage in landfills, to the refuse drifting into space. Students will come away with both a broader understand of the possibilities of garbage reuse and the perils of continuing on with our current systems. Sharp color photos complete this slim but useful title for reports.
Booklist, Oct. 2011
Discusses in very basic terms the ways in which the waste products that human beings create affect the environment and offers suggestions for ways in which we can make the difference in the problem of what to do with our everyday trash. Provides a history of the problem and presents the opinions of experts and possibilities for futre control of the problem. Career opportunities in the field are also listed. This book convinces the reader that doing nothing about this problem is not an option. The authors provide a glossary of unfamiliar terms, a list of additional resources, and an index.
Richmond Public Schools, June 2012