Recent advances in harnessing energy from the wind, sun, and tides are explored. People are encouraged to seek resources beyond fossil fuels.
We currently rely on nonrenewable sources, such as oil, for most of our fuel. Scientists are working on new fuels from crops and other materials to help ease future dependence on nonrenewable resources.
Alexander Graham Bell couldn't possibly have imagined that one day people the world over would be able to call someone on telephone smaller than the palms of their hands. Readers will discover how cell phone technology has emerged as a global phenomenon, connecting people all over the world to one another.
It may be hard to believe in a world full of automobiles, but bicycles are still a favorite means of transportation for many people around the world. This book introduces readers to the history of bicycles and the economics of manufacturing them.
Did you know that gasoline is made from petroleum that is extracted from deep inside Earth? And that the government of Saudi Arabia owns the world's largest petroleum corporation? Read this book to find out more about how petroleum is turned into gasoline and how that gasoline ends up in the tank of cars around the world.
Which athletic shoe is right for you? Readers will learn about the materials that go into athletic shoes and how athletic shoes are produced and sold to millions of people all around the world.
Readers will find out more about the history of jeans worldwide, and how jeans are made, from the cotton picked from the fields to the processing plant and onto jean and clothing stores worldwide, making jeans truly a Global Product.
You eat salt everyday, but did you know that only 20% of the world's salt is consumed as food? Read this book to learn more about how salt is harvested, its other uses, and why wars have been fought over this common, yet important, mineral.
What is a watershed? Why are watersheds important? What is it like to live where there is no clean, safe water supply? Read this book to find out more about the importance of watersheds and how you can help in the fight to keep Earth's freshwater sources clean and safe.
Walk down the street of just about any city in the world and you will see someone listening to music on an MP3 player. This book will introduce readers to the history behind the development of MP3 Players and take them on a journey to companies around the world where they are manufactured.
You probably use a pencil almost every day. Did you know that the 'lead' in pencil is really a mineral called graphite? And that China and Mexico are two countries with large graphite deposits? Read this book to learn more about how pencils are manufactured and how they end up in the hands of people in countries around the globe.
The graceful, little key deer lives in the Florida Keys. Readers will learn more about these deer, how they became endangered, and what conservation groups are doing to help them make a comeback.
Gray whales live in the Pacific Ocean and can grow to be 50 feet (15 meters) long. Readers will discover how whale hunters brought these huge mammals to near extinction and how people are working together to help these giants of the sea fight for survival.
The mountain gorillas of Central Africa are a critically endangered species because of poaching, hunting, habitat loss, exposure to human diseases, and war. Readers will find out more about how people are working together to save these animals through habitat conservation and education.
At one time, the howling of gray wolves was a common sound throughout North America. Readers will learn more about these pack animals and what brought them to the edge of extinction. They will also find out more about the steps that have been taken to reintroduce gray wolves to the territories where they once roamed freely.
With fascinating information and facts, alongside beautiful pictures, students will learn about the Karner Blue Butterfly, its status on the endangered species list, why it has become endangered, and how it is planning on staging a comeback on the road to recovery.
The whooping crane is a unique bird found only in North America and known for its whooping call great height for a bird. Readers will learn about the whooping crane's fight for survival as hunters killed them for their beautiful feathers and humans drained their wetland habitats to build houses.
The small golden lion tamarin is known for its brownish-red mane, long tail, and territorial nature. Readers will learn about these creatures and how destruction of their coastal forest habitat almost led to their extinction. Find out how zoos and conservationists have collaborated to save the golden lion tamarin.
An elephant seal has a thick layer of blubber that keeps it from freezing in cold northern waters. This protective layer of blubber was prized by hunters who killed so many elephant seals that there were fewer than 100 left alive. Discover how government leaders and others took action to save these sea mammals from extinction.
Many people are afraid of bats, but like every other living thing they play in important role in nature. Readers will learn about cave dwelling gray bats, how they became endangered, and how government leaders and scientists have teamed up to save these furry, flying creatures.
Readers are introduced the habitat and lifestyle of the American Alligator and learn how the American Alligator is making a comeback from near extinction. Find out how people in the southeastern United States are learning to live with these amazing creatures.
Discover how Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two ordinary computer science graduate students at Stanford University, but together, created Google, the world's most powerful information search engine on the Internet. Readers will learn about the power of innovation, creativity and tech smarts.
Ellen Ochoa's has a passion for engineering, space, and science. Readers will find out how Ochoa used this passion to earn a doctorate from Stanford and become the first Hispanic American female in space. Learn how she uses this passion to inspire students of all ages to work hard in school and follow their dreams.
Discover how entrepreneur Bill Gates created Microsoft and amassed a fortune as a leader in the computer industry and then partnered with his wife Melinda Gates to found the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Readers will learn about their lives and their mission is to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty around the world.
Skateboards are not just popular in America, they are popular in England, China, and Japan as well. This book will help readers understand how raw materials are made into skateboards in factories from California to China.