Environment

Database in Depth: CQ Researcher

Database in Depth:  CQ Researcher

It’s 10 p.m.  Your report on wind power is due tomorrow.  It is not even close to being done.  Your teacher has said you can’t use Internet sources.  You have a couple of books, but you need at least one more source.

You can’t decide if you should start faking sick now (like you could fool your mom), go to school tomorrow and try to beg your teacher for an extension (oh, sure), or just ignore the problem and hope it will solve itself (it's never worked before, but...).

There is another option.  Get out your CRRL library card, and visit Congressional Quarterly Researcher online.  Congressional Quarterly Wha...?  If you are writing a report about any “hot button” issue in the news, you need CQ Researcher

The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists are Unraveling the Mysteries of our Favorite Crustacean

By Trevor Corson

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A fascinating study of lobsters and their sex lives (!), trapping lobsters and studying lobsters and lobster wars and lobstermen and.... You get the idea!

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Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter and illustrations by Red Nose Studio

Here Comes the Garbage Barge!

On a blazing summer's day, there's nothing quite like the aroma of piping hot...garbage. It's gross, slimy, and we each make about four pounds of it per day. The one thing that everyone can agree on is that no one wants to deal with garbage, and that notion is exactly what Here Comes the Garbage Barge!  is all about.

In 1987, over 3,000 tons of Long Island, New York's garbage was loaded onto a barge and pulled by the tugboat Break of Dawn.  The plan was to unload the cargo in North Carolina, where poor farmers had been paid to bury the waste. But when the barge and its captain arrived, they met a police boat which refused to let them dock there under any circumstances. So began a wild goose chase up and down the coast to find a place to store the disgusting floating dump.

Walden

By Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau's masterwork, Walden, is a collection of his reflections on life and society. His simple but profound musings-as well as "Civil Disobedience," his protest against the government's interference with civil liberty-have inspired many to embrace his philosophy of individualism and love of nature.
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The Carbon Diaries: 2015

By Saci Lloyd

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In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.
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The Tomorrow Code

By Brian Faulkner

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Two New Zealand teenagers receive a desperate SOS from their future selves and set out on a quest to stop an impending ecological disaster that could mean the end of humanity.
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World of the Penguin

By Jonathan Chester

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Older students may enjoy this book from the Sierra Club, which discusses the environmental problems experienced by penguins and lists contact information for groups that are working to protect them.

Suggested for ages 12 and up

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Chattanooga Sludge

By Molly Bang

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Unusual art illustrates this story about cleaning up a polluted river.

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