From trees and plants to bugs and birds, every living thing on Earth is a form of energy. And all living organisms create energy, too, in the form of their waste. The energy of living things is called biomass, and it can be used to power the things that we need in our everyday lives, from washing machines, cars, and computers to the heating and lighting used in our buildings. Find out more about biomass, how it is sourced and used, and why this form of energy could help us find a more sustainable way to power our lives in the future.
We live in an energy-rich age, in which we can turn on a light with the flick of a switch or drive anywhere by turning a key. But, our vehicles, factories, and power stations, which create the electricity needed to light and heat our buildings, pump carbon dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide overload from these human activities is making our planet hotter and hotter - and is causing the Earth's climate to change. Find out what scientists are doing to find sustainable new forms of energy that will secure our planet’s future.
Earth has a limited supply of fossil fuels, and in the near future this supply will come to an end. However, more people live on the planet than ever in its history - and they all need energy. One of the ways in which we can meet this increasing demand for energy is through nuclear power. Nuclear power stations do not drain our planet of its resources, and they can supply a seemingly limitless source of energy. Discover more about nuclear energy, how it is created and harnessed, and the controversies and challenges that surround it.
The endless and enormous power of the sun provides life to all organisms on Earth, from the smallest plant to the largest animal. This awesome power is being used today to provide a rich and abundant source of energy in many parts of the world, and to operate machinery and heat and light buildings. Discover how the sun is powering our planet, the technology used to harness it, and what the future of solar power could be.
Our planet’s weather offers some incredible solutions to our growing energy needs, and one of those solutions is wind power. Offshore and onshore wind farms are an increasingly familiar sight in many countries around the world. Wind farms tap into this clean, sustainable, and renewable form of energy. Find out how wind power works, where in the world it is being used, and how this green energy supply could be one answer to the energy problems that face us today.
In the search for oil and gas, we have drilled deep beneath the ocean’s surface and the ground to tap into the energy wells trapped there. Today, we need more energy than ever before in our history, but the oil and gas fields may soon dry up. One option being considered is fracking. Rock is fractured underground in order to reach deposits. Discover how people use fracking to harness the before-unreachable supplies of gas and oil beneath Earth’s surface, the challenges of this form of mining, and the controversies surrounding it.
How are many people in different places around the world learning to live in a green and sustainable way? Find out how human activities such as driving cars and wasting energy are threatening our environment and putting the future of our planet at risk. Discover how people everywhere are choosing to live more sustainably by recycling, using green sources of energy, car-sharing, and reducing air travel.
Agricultural engineers are in the front line in the challenge to provide a secure food supply for our world. This timely book explores how engineers design methods, as well as machinery for growing and harvesting crops, to make farming more efficient. Real-life examples help students understand key concepts related to this important profession. With an overview of the engineering design process, readers are encouraged to apply the same steps into their own agricultural engineering challenge.
Binge drinking is the most common form of alcohol abuse by youth under the age of 21. This informative title discusses the social pressure to binge drink, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Binge drinking can lead to other high-risk behavior and health risks, including alcohol poisoning, impaired judgment, mental and physical health issues, and alcoholism. Recent statistics and compelling testimonials provide a candid, real-world examination of the issue of underage alcohol abuse.
People are more instantly connected than ever through such modern technologies as smart phones, email, social networking sites, and the Interne. This insightful book examines the dangers to young people navigating the digital world. Topics include sexting, cyber bullying, the danger of online predators, and other threats in an electronic environment. Real-life stories warn about the consequences and dangers of sharing personal information and images through electronic devices. For victims of digital crimes, the importance of preserving evidence is explored as well as what their legal rights and responsibilities include. Tips for protecting your privacy and using responsible practices for creating a positive digital footprint are also included.
Many people today identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. This timely title gives young people a better understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, and the LGBTQ community. Personal testimonials and discussion questions shed light on the difficulties individuals face coming out and dispel myths of gender stereotypes. Open and honest text focuses on creating a safe and inclusive community for people of all orientations. Also included is advice on how to support family members, friends, or classmates who identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.
The statistics tell a horrific story: one in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Over 93 percent of juvenile sexual assault and rape victims know their assaulters. Written by a therapist, Date Rape helps readers understand this sensitive issue and gives those who have experienced it advice and coping strategies. Topics include the effects of rape, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide, as well as the benefits of disclosure and trust.
Self-injury is not something people talk about very often. Yet, it is a reality for millions of young people across North America. Cutting and Self-injury deals with the delicate issues of self-harming behavior and the reasons why people do it. Directly and carefully written, this book discusses avoidance and treatment. Special tool-box sections outline real life coping strategies for resisting, and for helping friends and family cope with this real life issue.
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24. It is important to understand the forces that can lead to suicide and to know how to help someone at risk. Suicide is a careful discussion of the factors that can lead to suicidal thoughts and attempts. The book examines how to cope with stresses that can lead to suicide such as family violence, painful breakups, bullying, or depression. Readers are given coping strategies and advice on how to reach out and seek help. A question and answer section answers direct and tough questions on suicide.
Finding yourself pregnant as a teenager is a scary thing. There are so many issues involved. Teen Pregnancy examines the fact that about one third of girls in the United States will get pregnant before the age of twenty. Yet it is still difficult for teens to talk about sex. Teens share their own personal experiences to provide further insight on this issue. A further resources page gives readers assistance in finding other books, Web sites, and organizations that provide additional information on teen pregnancy.
Spying and surveillance has always relied on cutting-edge science to push the boundaries. The same techniques are often used today by hackers to commit online data security breaches. This intriguing book will captivate readers who have an interest in spymaker gadgets, computer science, and biometric data for online identification and security.
This accessible and informative book examines the highly-charged issues of child maltreatment, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect. Sensitively written by a child psychologist, Child Abuse discusses disclosure and feeling safe, and explains how abuse and neglect affects children and adults.
This informative title describes the details of three real case studies of investigative journalism about the environment. Stories include journalists following a trail of electronic waste to Africa, chemical pollution by a company affecting people's health, and unfair use of water resources. Readers will gain an understanding of the research process, the ethical standards journalists must follow, and the perseverance required to confirm a story and affect change.
This timely book describes the details of three real case studies of investigative journalism about health care. Stories include journalists exposing wrongdoing by drug companies, neglect of dying patients in by hospice home-care providers, and lead-poisoning from drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Readers will gain an understanding of the research process, the ethical standards journalists must follow, and the perseverance required to confirm a story and affect change.
The online world is an environment full of opportunity - and risks. Social networks and online shopping sites encourage users to share personal information about themselves, but this can expose them to Identity spoofing and theft. Digital Data Security explores the many issues involved with cyber security, how companies combat hackers, and and how individuals must take charge of their own digital safety.
How have oil and energy pipelines become one of the most divisive political issues today? Using fact-based analysis, this title explores the issues that have sparked environmental and economic debate and protest.
We use it every day in products as varied as prescription drugs, toys, and toothbrushes. In less than a century, plastics have become integral to our daily lives. But plastic waste also clogs Earth’s oceans and other water bodies. Research has shown that microplastics have even accumulated in our bodies. This timely book investigates our increasingly problematic use of plastics in all areas of our lives and how our attempts to curb use and mitigate the harm of plastics are not working fast enough.
Pollution is seriously damaging our planet. Human activity and waste are harming the environment by polluting the air, water, and land. Discover the facts about where pollution comes from, where garbage really goes after we throw it away, and how we can reduce waste.
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.