Solutions for a Cleaner, Greener Planet

Environmental Chemistry

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Many of the most toxic materials on Earth—from arsenic to plutonium—occur naturally, but manufacturers have also used them in products such as paints, plumbing, pesticides, nuclear fuel, and weaponry. Without careful management, toxins can leach into groundwater or pollute our environment. Exposure to toxins leads to various cancers, impairment of the immune and reproductive systems, as well as cognitive problems. What can be done? Solutions include a wide range of infrastructure approaches, such as better water filtration, governmental and manufacturing regulations, outright bans on certain chemicals, careful monitoring, and the use of alternative fuels. Learn more about key contaminants and their impact on health, as well as solutions on a global and individual level.

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978-1-5415-1979-4
$27.99
978-1-5415-4396-6
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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Science, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2019-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050050, YAN045000, YAN050080
Dewey 577.27
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1090
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes

Awards

  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Longlist, Long-listed, 2020

Reviews

Booklist Online

“[L]ucid and very accessible. . . . [W]ould be a worthwhile addition to public or middle- and high-school libraries.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Terrific for classroom use. Environmental chemistry that is eminently readable and hopeful.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Marc Zimmer

Marc Zimmer is the author of several nonfiction young adult books and a professor at Connecticut College, where he teaches chemistry and studies the proteins involved in producing light in jellyfish and fireflies. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and did his post-doc at Yale University. He has published articles on science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post, among many other publications. He lives in Waterford, Connecticut with his wife, their two children, and a genetically modified fluorescent mouse named Prometheus.