Arctic Thaw

Climate Change and the Global Race for Energy Resources

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Ice in the Arctic is disappearing—and opportunity is calling. As climate change transforms the top of the world, warmer conditions are exposing a treasure trove of energy resources previously trapped in ice. The Arctic’s oil, natural gas, minerals, and even wind and hydroelectric power are becoming more accessible than ever before.

With untold riches hanging in the balance, the race is on to control the Arctic and its energy potential. Oil companies vie for drilling rights that go to the highest bidder. Nations around the globe—whether they’re on the Arctic’s doorstep or half a world away—hope to claim territory for themselves. And the indigenous peoples who have called this region home for thousands of years are determined to be on the ground floor of its development.

But the Arctic’s new possibilities come with grave risks. The pursuit of oil and natural gas threatens to further damage the Arctic’s fragile ecosystems and accelerate global warming worldwide. International disputes over who owns which pieces of the Arctic could bring countries to the brink of war. The fate of the entire planet may hinge on how far people are willing to go to tap and control the Far North’s energy resources.

From oil rigs to military bases, the Arctic has never before hosted so many warring interests, and the stakes have never been so high. Join Stephanie Sammartino McPherson on a journey to the Far North to explore the energy controversies that will decide the future of the Arctic—and of the earth.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-4677-2043-4
$34.65 $25.99
978-1-4677-4788-2
$51.99 $38.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Science, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.4
BISACS YAN050070, YAN052040, YAN050080
Dewey 333.790911'3
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 1200
ATOS Reading Level 8.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166983
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Websites, and eSource

Reviews

Library Media Connection

“Adding this title to a collection will help bring new excitement to the debate on climate change….[W]ell-balanced and well-designed read….Highly Recommended.”―starred, Library Media Connection

Booklist

“Succinct and clearly written, the text offers up-to-date information, illustrated with clear color photos and useful maps. An articulate introduction to the Arctic in a time of profound, striking changes.” —Booklist

VOYA

“[T]his is an excellent resource for school libraries and those passionate about the environment or politics.” —VOYA

School Library Journal

“An important case study and source of current information for serious students of climate change.” —School Library Journal

Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.

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Arctic Thaw

Ice in the Arctic is disappearing—and opportunity is calling. As climate change transforms the top of the world, warmer conditions are exposing a treasure trove of energy resources previously trapped in ice. The Arctic’s oil, natural gas, minerals, and even wind and hydroelectric… View available downloads →