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Describes the global issue of population and the effects overpopulation has on the world, including water and food supply, pollution, and disease.
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Though the concept of zero population growth doesn’t have the same buzz today as it did in the 1970s, world populations are still on the rise. This book, in the Ripped from the Headlines: The Environment series, gives readers a balanced understanding of why the uptick continues and what its ramifications may be. Stewart, a fine writer, sets forth concepts simply and engagingly and scrupulously examines multiple angles of the issue (for instance, she notes that while populations are increasing overall, there are certain areas, as in AIDS-ravaged Africa, where the opposite is true). It is, however, a little strange that the book never mentions birth control, and its many color photos are often vaguely captioned. Still, Stewart’s individual points are strongly made, and they will be of interest to readers concerned about the future of the earth. The appended Web resources and detailed notes for quotes (including several from personal interviews) offer young researchers a good model for their own nonfiction research. Grades 5-8. --Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description Erickson Pr, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1602170266