After a hang glider crashes into the pool of the house where Dinah and Madge are house-sitting, the hapless pilot creates more than a splash of suspicion in Dinah's mind. Why does this itchy intruder make off with Dinah's inflatable turtle? Why is someone trying to drive their cat-mad neighbor away? And what is the connection with the balding stranger seen lurking behind the hedge? And when Madge's boyfriend starts a campaign to save the endangered spotted owl, it seems that a crooked politician may be out to destroy the habitat of the near-extinct animal. While Madge paints, Dinah brushes aside suggestions that she be a quiet, well-behaved guest in this posh North Vancouver neighborhood. There's just too much for Dinah and her friends—tree-fanatic Pantelli and irritatingly conscientious Talbot—to investigate in this hilariously suspenseful adventure. Along with learning about endangered animals and fragile ecosystems, Dinah runs across clueless reporters and greedy developers, all the while continuing to belt out her favorite songs and satisfy her healthy appetite.
The events of the Dust Bowl period did not look the same to everyone involved--understanding depends on perspective. In the Viewpoints and Perspectives series, more advanced readers will come to understand different viewpoints by learning the context, significance, and details of the period through the eyes of three different people, while engaging with text through questions sparking critical thinking. Books include timeline, glossary, and index.
Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.
As our world's population grows, so to does our need for energy. Scientists seek the next breakthrough in new technology while constantly finding ways to make current solutions cheaper and more efficient. In this title, discover what methane energy is, its history, how we use it today, and how new technologies can contribute to our energy future. Learn how methane digesters work and how they can help people in the developing world, discover ways biogas might replace natural gas, and explore the potential future uses of methane hydrates. Sidebars, full-color photos, full-spread diagrams, well-placed graphs, charts, and maps, stories highlighting innovations in action, and a glossary enhance this engaging title. Innovative Technologies is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This forward-looking book explores a unique field of entrepreneurship, in which innovative individuals directly address, or work toward addressing, environmental challenges in our world. Offering an important look at the ways entrepreneurship can tackle global issues, this title engages readers through real-world examples, discussion prompts, and critical thinking questions. The title encourages readers to recognize and take on the skills and mindset needed to achieve success as an environmental entrepreneur.
My Smartphone and Other Digital Accessories explores the problems faced by the people who build and mine the materials for the world's cell phones and other digital accessories, and environmental problems associated with the making and disposing of electronic devices. Case studies show how fair trade projects are helping people achieve safer working conditions and a fair wage for building smartphones and other digital products such as laptop computers, cameras, ipods, and game consoles.
My T-Shirt and Other Clothing explores the problems faced by the people around the world who produce clothing, and environmental problems associated with the making of clothing. Case studies show how fair trade projects are helping people achieve better working conditions and a fair price for producing T-shirts and other products such as denim jeans, flip-flops, sweaters, and sneakers.
My Chocolate Bar & Other Foods explores the problems faced by farmers and people around the world who produce food, and the environmental problems associated with growing certain products. Case studies show how fair trade projects are helping people achieve better working conditions and a fair price for growing chocolate and other products such as bananas, tea, peanuts, sugar, and honey.
My Bed and Other Furniture explores the problems faced by people around the world who produce and assemble furniture, and environmental problems, such as deforestation, associated with the harvesting of materials used in furniture-making. Case studies show how fair trade projects are helping people achieve better working conditions and a fair price for their products, and how using renewable materials is helping to save the world's precious resources.
Environmental scientists look at their natural surroundings and think about future generations. They want to understand how the human activities of today are affecting the health of the environment, what that means for the future, and what can be done about it. This title aims to create meaningful connections between the scientific concepts readers learn in the classroom and how they are applied in the real world by environmental scientists searching for answers.
Introducing the design thinking process as a vehicle for change, this timely title motivates readers to create environmentally sustainable practices and make them easily accessible in their communities. Beginning with a detailed look at the steps involved in design thinking, readers are guided through the process so they can design their own solutions to big issues—from minimizing pollution to limiting usage of non-renewable energy.
Creative readers with a green thumb and an eye for design will be inspired to create their own gardening and landscaping projects in unique spaces. From vertical gardens to urban parklets, this title will motivate readers to "green up" spaces in their communities in a way that promotes environmental awareness, collaboration, and group planning. Profiles of innovators and their green creations encourage readers to embrace their own ideas and create their Maker visions.
From creating their own art tools to making a screen print unique to their personal style and vision, this title helps readers express their creativity through the various forms of printmaking. Using clear methods, engaging photographs, and non-toxic materials, readers will learn the techniques of printmaking and be inspired to experiment with their own designs and ideas.
Scientific and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state tree and the processes used to select it.
Nuclear energy, with the potential to provide vast amounts of power, is a controversial topic. The science, history, and the controversy are explained here.
A look at a common food chain in the Pacific Ocean, introducing the plankton that starts the chain, the killer whale that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
An exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park, including how its mountainous landscape was formed, its history of preservation, and tourist attractions such as the towering summit of Longs Peak.
An in-depth look at the people and policies behind the government agency known as the EPA, from its founding in 1970 to the controversies and challenges it faces today.
An exploration of Yellowstone National Park, including how volcanoes helped form its landscape, its history of preservation, and tourist attractions such as the geyser called Old Faithful.
Managing Green Spaces introduces the many available jobs in wilderness and wildlife management. Potential careers include park-services jobs, trail designing, security and police work, and emergency services in case of fires, floods, and other natural disasters.
Explore the ocean and learn all about coordinate planes simultaneously! Translated in Spanish, this exciting e-book teaches readers about ocean maps and the history of ocean navigation. Learn about Earth's five oceans and how these oceans can be mapped - with sonar, submersibles, and satellites. Readers will get plenty of experience mapping coordinates through related practice problems and familiarizing themselves with latitude, longitude, and the intersections between them. Vibrant images, easy-to-read informational text, simple practice problems, exciting nautical charts, and mathematical diagrams work together to help Spanish readers feel confident in their understanding of coordinate planes and improve their mathematical and STEM skills.
While Earth is constantly changing, evidence shows that humans are speeding up the process of the greenhouse effect. Extreme weather, plant and animal extinction, and reshaping of our coastlines are harmful effects of rising temperatures. Understand the causes of global warming and explore ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the planet in this dynamic science e-book. Teach fifth-grade readers about climate and weather, the carbon cycle, deforestation, melting ice caps, renewable energy, and more through this high-interest informational text filled with vibrant photographs. Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, a hands-on “Think Like a Scientist” lab activity and a “Your Turn” page at the end of the e-book support STEM Education and provide young scientists with an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the text. Helpful diagrams and text features, such as a glossary and index, are also included to reinforce content-area literacy and improve close reading.
Learn about different animals that live in the city, collecting data and making predictions about each of them! This entertaining title teaches readers about many different kinds of animals and encourages analytical habits, engaging children with simple practice problems relating to ecology and mathematics. Predict where students can find ducks, sparrows, rabbits, dragonflies, and more animals! With STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, easy-to-read text, an accessible glossary, and vivid images, this book will engage readers and encourage them to collect data and make predictions about animals and many other topics on their own!
Explore the lives and work of incredible cell biologists in this captivating book! From Gregor Mendel to Rita Levi-Montalcini, Anton van Leeuwenhoek to August Weismann, readers will be amazed at the things these incredible scientists discovered! Single-celled organisms, mitosis, dominant and recessive genes, stem cells, and cloning are just some of the topics that readers will explore as they move through this book that features plenty of vivid, detailed images, stimulating facts, captivating sidebars, and easy-to-read text. An engaging lab activity is featured to further delight and captivate readers.