Environmental Impact Reviews

What Is the Impact of Declining Biodiversity?: ISBN 978-1-68282-861-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-862-5
Booklist, October 1, 2020

This informative entry in the new Environmental Impact series (4 titles) examines how the air, water, and land are being altered by “farming, logging, mining, oil extraction, building, and other human activities,” resulting in a loss of biodiversity from ecosystems around the world. The book defines what biodiversity is and where biodiversity hot spots are and describes how species loss affects various ecosystems. Though rather bleak, the book does highlight the climate-justice movement and governmental resolutions introduced to combat climate change, like the Green New Deal. It also discusses potential solutions like eating plant-based meat alternatives, the development of AI programs, and reforestation using drones. In the back matter are source notes, a list of organizations and websites for further research, color photos, “impact facts” sidebars, and an index. Useful for student research.
— Sharon Rawlins

What Is the Impact of Climate Change?: ISBN 978-1-68282-859-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-860-1
What Is the Impact of Declining Biodiversity?: ISBN 978-1-68282-861-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-862-5
What Is the Impact of Excessive Waste and Garbage?: ISBN 978-1-68282-863-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-864-9
What Is the Impact of Ocean Pollution?: ISBN 978-1-68282-865-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-866-3
School Library Journal, November 1, 2020

Gr 6 Up—A thought-provoking look at the human impact on the world. Each title includes an introduction and five text-heavy but engaging chapters, which focus on real-world examples and stories. The first four chapters explore what is currently taking place and what is likely to happen in the future, while the fifth chapter offers possible solutions and examples of what is already being done. What Is the Impact of Climate Change? provides the results of a 2019 survey, which states that the top three emotional responses that climate change invokes in teenagers are "afraid," "motivated," and "angry." Each title in this series is likely to solicit the same emotions in readers, but they will hopefully walk away feeling motivated. Source notes, a "Make a Difference" section, a list of organizations, websites, further reading, an index, picture credits, and an "About the Author" page are included. VERDICT A necessary purchase for libraries serving teenagers.