Human overpopulation is putting pressure on our planet and its natural resources.The more people there are, the more resources are consumed, harming the environment and depleting the world's supplies. Discover the facts about the world's growing population, which countries have the highest and lowest birth rates, and how overpopulation affects climate change.
Natural resources on Earth are at risk of running out. Using too many natural resources, such as water, trees, and fossil fuels, is putting pressure on our supplies and damaging the environment. Discover the facts about how resources are used around the world, which resources are renewable and non-renewable, and what the future of natural resource management looks like.
Our modern world runs on energy to power our homes and industries. We all know the problems with burning fossil fuels to create energy— it pollutes the planet and we are running out of these resources. Discover the facts about renewable and non-renewable energy resources, how our energy use contributes to global warming, and what the future of energy looks like.
Climate change is reshaping the planet before our eyes. From melting ice caps and rising sea levels to drought and destructive hurricanes, no corner of Earth is protected from the effects of global warming. Discover the facts about what climate change is doing—and will continue to do—to our planet, and how we might reduce its impact.
The huge variety of plants and animals that live on Earth is called biodiversity. As ecosystems are destroyed by climate change and human activity, plants and animals are becoming endangered and even extinct. Find out how the loss of biodiversity affects food chains and natural habitats, why it is important to humans, and how its loss threatens the health of all living things on the planet.
The year 2017 saw the most active and costly hurricane season on record. Moving photographs help tell the human stories of Harvey, hitting Texas and Louisiana; Irma, the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded, pummeling Florida; and Maria, the worst natural disaster ever to hit Puerto Rico and Dominica. Detailed information tracks the paths of each storm, the clean-ups that followed, what remains to do.
It cost $10 billion to combat the wildfires in California in 2017 that scorched 300,000 acres of land and left 100,000 people displaced. With dry weather and drought bringing more catastrophic wildfires to the western United States and Canada, this timely title discusses the human and physical impacts of these and other fire disasters and how fire professionals and policymakers are combatting them.
A historical account of the Human Genome Project, including the events that made genome sequencing possible, the people involved, the competition between public and private sectors, and the ways in which its effects are felt today.
Rusty boats litter the ground. The smell of dead fish fills the air. Who would believe the Salton Riviera was once a popular vacation spot? Once host to thousands of beachgoers, the area now sits empty. This high-interest book will outline just what caused the community’s decline. Special features such as maps, timelines, and fun facts add even more to this interesting title.
Six Flags New Orleans was once a thriving theme park. But today, rusted rides rise over the swampy, alligator-infested ponds. The park is abandoned. This title explores the park from the day it opened to its fall after Hurricane Katrina. An attention-grabbing opening narrative gives way to haunting photos as well as a map, a timeline, and fascinating fun facts.
The events surrounding the Great Depression did not look the same to everyone involved. Step back in time and into the shoes of a government worker, a Civilian Conservation Corps worker, and a young daughter of an unemployed banker as readers act out the scenes that took place in the midst of this historic event. Written with simplified, considerate text to help struggling readers, books in this series are made to build confidence as readers engage and read aloud. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and timelines.
People go inside the world of a video game. Doctors practice surgery before working on real patients. Sports fans feel like they're on the sidelines while watching from home. Technology makes it all possible. Virtual reality immerses people in new worlds. Augmented reality adds digital elements to the real world. Both are growing fast. How will this technology change the way people work, play, and live?
Robots may seem new, but their roots trace back more than 2000 years. Today, we have more robots than ever before. They work in factories, cook our meals, and even perform surgery. What new changes will robots bring to our world?
A major societal issue in the world today, opioid addiction is causing a devastating number of deaths and is costing countries millions of dollars. This timely book includes information on the causes and effects of opioid addiction and the methods being used to combat this deadly epidemic.
Cultural beliefs surrounding illness and societal beliefs about how we should offer health care are discussed in this fascinating addition to the Our Values series. Discussions about the treatment of common diseases, as well as topics of interest, such as how a cast is made, are compared and contrasted with the way health care is provided throughout the world.
Should the Internet be a place for free thought and free sharing? Or should the government and Internet service companies be able to censor and block content? This up-to-date book will help equip readers with tangible tools to help understand the issues involved in net neutrality and encourage them to stay informed of further developments.
Climate Change is a hot-button topic today and one that requires skill to examine and grasp different viewpoints. This book introduces readers to multiple perspectives on the topic and encourages them to objectively view local, national, and global connections to help them form knowledgeable points of view.
Nuclear war became a reality when the United States dropped two nuclear bombs in Japan during World War II. Despite the devastating results, many countries still own nuclear weapons. This high-interest title explores how the world would end from a nuclear war. From blast waves and radiation to a nuclear winter, the detonation of multiple nuclear bombs would cause worldwide destruction. Features outline the possible chain of events and examine the fateful Fat Boy detonation. Discover the possibilities and preventative measures against nuclear war in this gripping book!
Viruses and bacteria are everywhere! They can mutate and move easily from one person to the next. Vaccines and other forms of prevention help fight these vicious pests, but pandemics have hit the world and taken out millions! In this high-interest title, a world-ending global pandemic is explored, from how it could start to how we might fight the spread. Features follow the chain reaction of the societal breakdown and jump back in time to the bubonic plagues. Are we due for another pandemic? Find out how to fight when the next one comes!
Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, raging wildfires, and sweeping hurricanes: climate change is happening, but what if we don’t make changes to stop it? Readers will find out when climate change began, how it has progressed, and what we can do to fight it in this high-interest title. An opening narrative throws readers into what may happen as the climate continues to change for the worse in this title, while interesting facts provide additional information to the main text. Can life adapt to our climate-changed world, or will it be the end?
The Sun is a major component in the existence of life on Earth. Could it also bring about the end? Energy often shoots coronal mass ejections into space. A massive CME on course for Earth could cause a solar storm with devastating results! This high-interest title explores how the world could end from a solar storm, from electrical shutdowns to disastrous food shortages. Fun facts add fascinating bonus information while the look back feature provides a glimpse into a past solar storm. Find out the science behind solar storms and what we can do to save ourselves in this world-ending title!
Robots and artificial intelligence are all around us! We use them for everything from cleaning our homes to contacting our families. The technology continues to advance, but will it surpass the intelligence of humans? If it does, will AI be our friend or foe? In this high-interest title, discover the potential of a robot uprising to bring about the end of the world. Readers will take a look at the history of AI and machine learning as well as the possibility for singularity. Sidebars examine potential chain reactions and historical instances of out of control AI. If the day comes, can robots and humans work together? Hopefully we will never find out!
Who were history's smartest scientists? Who was voted "Most Likely to Have the Best Garden?" In the History's Yearbook series, readers will learn about the amazing and diverse women in history. In Girl Scientists, readers will discover and rediscover their favorite heroines and learn about top women scientists who have made an impact. Each book in this series is written at a higher maturity level using considerate text at a lower reading level in order to engage struggling readers. Backmatter material includes writing prompts that encourage readers to think creatively and critically. Series includes, a table of contents, educational sidebars, bibliography, glossary, index, and author biography.
Who were history's best problem solvers? Who was voted "Most Techie?" In the History's Yearbook series, readers will learn about the amazing and diverse women in history. In Girl Innovators, readers will discover and rediscover their favorite heroines and learn about top women innovators who have made an impact. Each book in this series is written at a higher maturity level using considerate text at a lower reading level in order to engage struggling readers. Backmatter material includes writing prompts that encourage readers to think creatively and critically. Series includes, a table of contents, educational sidebars, bibliography, glossary, index, and author biography.
What happens to the environment when a drought occurs? What are some of the causes of droughts? What can people do about the problems caused by droughts? How can you use your math skills to learn more about droughts? Read this book to find the answers to these questions and learn more about droughts.