Not Your Typical Book about the Environment

Author: Elin Kelsey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781897349793

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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Written to allay children's fears about the environment, this book shows how smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world, creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Includes profiles of unexpected personalities.

Not Your Typical Book about the Environment

Author: Elin Kelsey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781897349847

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 918

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Written to allay children's fears about the environment, this book shows how smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world, creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Includes profiles of unexpected personalities.

You Are Stardust

Our Amazing Connections with Planet Earth

Author: Elin Kelsey

Publisher: Wayland

ISBN: 9781526360342

Category:

Page: 32

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People are nature. From the water we drink to the trees we climb, we are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways. With simple, poetic text, and exquisite artwork, You Are Stardust introduces kids to these connections - sparking their imaginations and starting conversations. Combining the ideas of environmental author and educator Elin Kelsey with inventive, three-dimensional dioramas by artist Soyeon Kim, this remarkable picture book reveals ties that are often sensed, yet seldom explained. Children will learn that the salt in their body is the same as the salt in the ocean, that they learned to speak in the same way that baby birds do - by copying their parents, and that elephants, bats and whales make friends, just like they do. In a world dominated by technology, never have these connections between people and nature been more worth exploring.

The Everything Kids' Environment Book

Learn how you can help the environment-by getting involved at school, at home, or at play

Author: Sheri Amsel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1605502456

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 6896

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You Can Help Our Earth Live Longer! Everything we do has an impact on the world around us--from the clothes we wear and food we eat to the gardens we grow and the trash we throw away. And to take the best care of the earth--and ourselves--it's important to make smart choices. With The Everything Kids' Environment Book, you'll find out what you can do every day to help protect our planet. You'll also learn why the rainforest is so important to us, how animals go extinct, and what environmentalists can tell us about taking good care of our world. Learn how to "go green" and to: Find new uses for recycled grocery bags. Create your own greenhouse. Make acid rain--safely!--to see how it affect plants. Test organic food against foods grown with chemicals. Make your own compost pile. Re-create deforestation with the soil from timbered trees. Test your sensitivity to noise. Whether you are in the classroom, surfing the Internet, or just hanging out with your friends, you can make a difference. Start today--so our Earth can live another 4.5 billion years!

365 Ways to Live Green for Kids

Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play--Every Day!

Author: Sheri Amsel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440520178

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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"In the greenconscious world we live in today, parents realize the importance of teaching the lessons of green living, early on. With this book, parents can encourage their children to be ecologically friendly with fun lessons such as: The three Rs: reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling Why we should keep the air, oceans, and forests pollutionfree Why organic food is tastierùand betterùfor you How to protect plants and animals Earth Day celebrations Complete with tips for every day of the yearùand activities for home, school, and during playtimeùthis book reveals how easy it is to be an ecofriendly familyùand prepare for a better future together."

Strange New Species

Astonishing Discoveries of Life on Earth

Author: Elin Kelsey

Publisher: Maple Tree

ISBN: 9781897066324

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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Looks at some of the most unusual newly discovered species, including a monkey the size of a human finger and deep-sea creatures that live in temperatures that reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Watching Giants

The Secret Lives of Whales

Author: Elin Kelsey

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520249763

Category: Nature

Page: 201

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Collects portraits of whale culture, including humpback whales that build nets with bubbles, social networks within the sea, and details of whale sex.

Chemical Sensitivity

The Truth about Environmental Illness

Author: Stephen J. Barrett

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615928383

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 212

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Chemical sensitivity (or multiple chemical sensitivity) describes people with numerous troubling symptoms attributed to environmental factors, from simple housepaint to complex building structures and materials in offices and schools. Many such people are seeking special accommodations, applying for disability benefits, and filing lawsuits claiming that exposure to common foods and chemicals has made them ill. Their efforts are supported by some physicians who refer themselves as clinical ecologists. They use questionable diagnoses and treatment methods, while critics charge that these approaches are bogus and that chemical sensitivity is not a valid diagnosis.The complaints associated with chemical sensitivity include depression, irritability, poor memory, fatigue, drowsiness, constipation, sneezing, wheezing, skin rashes, headache, chest pain, pounding heart, swelling, upset stomach, paralysis, AIDS-like illnesses, psychotic experiences, and just about every other symptom noted in medical textbooks. One prominent clinical ecologist even claimed that chemical sensitivity patients may well be human canaries on an increasingly poisoned planet, and others have actually labeled chemical sensitivity as a disease. While some people are adversely affected by exposure to some chemicals, there is an overwhelming increase in false claims and reports from misled obsessive patients and opportunistic doctors.Chemical Sensitivity examines this phenomenon in depth and the scientific, legal, ethical, and political issues that surround it. The authors explore the speculations about environmental exposure in the light of scientific knowledge of human physiology, allergy and immunology, pathology, toxicology, and clinical medicine. They evaluate cases of chemical sensitivity relative to controlled tests, and reveal that symptoms were brought on by psychological factors rather than physical ones. Chemical Sensitivity also critically assesses claims related to sick building syndrome, mercury-amalgam toxicity, yeast allergy, and Gulf War syndrome.

Full Body Burden

Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

Author: Kristen Iversen

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307955648

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 1883

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Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman, Kristen Iversen, growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and--unknown to those who lived there--tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets--both family and government. Her father's hidden liquor bottles, the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood, the truth about what was made at Rocky Flats (cleaning supplies, her mother guessed)--best not to inquire too deeply into any of it. But as Iversen grew older, she began to ask questions. She learned about the infamous 1969 Mother's Day fire, in which a few scraps of plutonium spontaneously ignited and--despite the desperate efforts of firefighters--came perilously close to a "criticality," the deadly blue flash that signals a nuclear chain reaction. Intense heat and radiation almost melted the roof, which nearly resulted in an explosion that would have had devastating consequences for the entire Denver metro area. Yet the only mention of the fire was on page 28 of the Rocky Mountain News, underneath a photo of the Pet of the Week. In her early thirties, Iversen even worked at Rocky Flats for a time, typing up memos in which accidents were always called "incidents." And as this memoir unfolds, it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism--a detailed and shocking account of the government's sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents' vain attempts to seek justice in court. Here, too, are vivid portraits of former Rocky Flats workers--from the healthy, who regard their work at the plant with pride and patriotism, to the ill or dying, who battle for compensation for cancers they got on the job. Based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class-action testimony, this taut, beautifully written book promises to have a very long half-life.

Junkyard Planet

Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

Author: Adam Minter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608197921

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 802

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How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go, anyway? When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday's newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don't want and turn it into something you can't wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter-veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner-travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of trash every day. Along the way, we meet an international cast of characters who have figured out how to squeeze Silicon Valley-scale fortunes from what we all throw away. Junkyard Planet reveals how "going green?? usually means making money-and why that's often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren't pretty. With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America's garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff brings home the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don't. Junkyard Planet reveals that Americans might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash.

Naughty Nomad

NOT your typical backpacker story

Author: Mark Zolo

Publisher: Mark Zolo

ISBN: 1466381698

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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This is the story of a young man who set out to discover the meaning of adventure, only to be pulled down the rabbit hole into a dark underworld filled with danger, drama, and wild sex. Reckless, raunchy, and riveting, this book documents the origins of the Naughty Nomad, a man who would later be dubbed "The Indiana Jones of Pussy". A daring rescue in the Antarctic, a border jump to escape Sudan, incarceration in Siberia, attempted murder, love, friendship, betrayal, and so much more!Join him on his epic misadventures journeying to... Antarctica The Far East Indochina Europe and every country in Southeast Asia! A journey into the heart of darkness, this is NOT your typical backpacker story.

Stuff

The Secret Lives of Everyday Things

Author: John C. Ryan,Alan Thein Durning

Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Northwest Environment Watch

ISBN: 9781886093041

Category: Social Science

Page: 86

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Be polite, just go about your day, and all¿s well, because you¿re not hurting anybody, right? Look deeper into that cup of coffee you drank this morning, the shoes you¿re wearing, the burgers & fries you had for lunch¿.and so on. Every choice we make -- every product we use -- has an impact that many of us are unaware of. That impact affects other people, other animals, and the planet in myriad ways -- often in very destructive, harmful ways. Ryan & Durning explore the impact of some of the choices we make by making connections between our daily habits and the various impacts of those habits. Find out the hidden story of "everyday consumer goods."

Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525555358

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

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“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel. “A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

The Republic of Nature

An Environmental History of the United States

Author: Mark Fiege

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295804149

Category: History

Page: 520

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In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred. Revisiting historical icons so familiar that schoolchildren learn to take them for granted, he makes surprising connections that enable readers to see old stories in a new light. Among the historical moments revisited here, a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln, an unlettered citizen from the countryside, steers the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by his clear-eyed vision of nature's capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompt a lawsuit that culminates in the momentous civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education. By focusing on materials and processes intrinsic to all things and by highlighting the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded. In these pages, the nation's birth and development, pain and sorrow, ideals and enduring promise come to life as never before, making a once-familiar past seem new. The Republic of Nature points to a startlingly different version of history that calls on readers to reconnect with fundamental forces that shaped the American experience. For more information, visit the author's website: http://republicofnature.com/

Ten Billion

Author: Stephen Emmott

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0345806468

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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A VINTAGE ORIGINAL Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over seven billion of us. And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion. Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us. As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of ten billion people is likely to be a nightmare. Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. TEN BILLION is a snapshot of our planet, and our species, approaching a crisis, and a stark analysis of where this leaves us. TEN BILLION is not another climate book. TEN BILLION is a book about us.

How to Live in Space

Everything You Need to Know for the Not-So-Distant Future

Author: Colin Stuart

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

ISBN: 1588346382

Category: Science

Page: 192

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An amusing and informative illustrated guide to life beyond our own planet that covers everything from training for and living in space to the future of space travel and tourism Now that suborbital space tourism is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry in the next ten years and NASA has announced its plans for landing humans on Mars in the 2030s, the dream of traveling and living in space is taking on new reality. But given that life on Earth can be complicated enough, how can we survive and thrive in the zero-gravity, absolute-zero far reaches of space? Look no further: How to Live in Space is chock-full of all the essential information you need to equip yourself for life beyond our blue planet. Grounded in space science, planetary biology, and rocket science, this accessible guide propels readers through takeoff, life in orbit, terraforming, and the long-term effects of space on the human body. Infographics and full-color illustrations help How to Live in Space to answer your burning questions, including: How do you sleep in microgravity? How do you grow food without water? Will your muscles waste away out there? How do you protect yourself from radiation? This is a light-hearted yet informative guide to a life far from terra firma.

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies

An Honest Look at Lying

Author: Kira Vermond

Publisher: Owlkids

ISBN: 9781771471466

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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"Why do we lie? What types of lies are there? What are the consequences of lying? What methods are used to detect lies? And when is it okay or even good to lie? From forgeries and hoaxes to plagiarism and placebos, [this book] offers historical anecdotes, scientific studies, and sociocultural analyses to help unpack the complex world of untruths"--Amazon.com.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves

How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World

Author: Ellen Moyer

Publisher: Greenvironment Press

ISBN: 9781942936282

Category:

Page: N.A

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Our current environmental crises--most notably, climate change--call on us to upgrade to a new way of life that will sustain us and our world far into the future. You will learn that* We already have the capacities and tools to create a health and environmental revolution.* All we need to do is advance the transformation that has already begun.* Specific actions you and I take now can help us and our world prosper--not just in the future, but immediately. * Change-making can uplift our society and democracy. * Creating a high-tech and high-nature way of life could spark an economic boom.Environmental engineer Ellen Moyer, PhD, has more than three decades of experience assessing and cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater and designing "green" systems and solutions. Her third book, Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World, empowers readers to accelerate our urgently needed transformation.Our Earth shows how you can thrive while engaging in effective and enjoyable actions that you will want to take.

Not Your Typical Dragon

Author: Dan Bar-el

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101628421

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire. But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn't come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with Band-Aids marshmallows teddy bears? Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day. With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can't help feeling a little bit different.