Plastic Pollution Item: 960476
by Geof Knight
Plastic, a fairly new material, is incredibly useful. From medical instruments and computers to lightweight, "unbreakable" containers and insulation, plastic seems to be in just about everything we use and has clearly made all of our lives easier. So what's the problem? It's not easy to recycle it effectively and takes a very long time to break down naturally. Because of this, it builds up and causes terrible pollution. Nowhere is this more obvious than our oceans, where bits of plastic have gathered to form massive garbage patches, which put fish, birds, and marine mammals at great risk. This book explains the kind of pollution plastic is causing and explores ways it might be reduces in the future.
Hot Topics is a sophisticated but accessible series for teens that tackles many of the issues of the day by taking an in-depth look at the issue, what it means to the people involved and society as a whole, and the various arguments and controversies on how to best deal with the issue.
Paperback, 56 pages, Guided Reading Level: Z