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Energy alternatives
Snedden, Robert.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, [2002]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm.
Reading Level:
IG 1150 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.6 2.0 53969.
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TJ163.23 .S675 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The science of energy is at the root of many of the biggest challenges facing the future of our planet. Essential Energy will give you all the information you need to make sense of this vital subject. This revised and updated edition uses everyday examples and the latest facts and figures to show how we use different energy resources, and explains how energy transfers from one use to another. The series also looks at the environmental impact of different energy resources. Book jacket.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. With their slim, glossy look, these volumes in the new Essential Energy series seem geared to a middle-grade audience. But the titles' sophisticated science and textbook format are more appropriate for older readers, especially those who have already encountered some chemistry and physics basics. In spread-length chapters, Energy Alternatives offers a current overview of commonly used alternatives to fossil fuels and looks at debates surrounding energy strategies for the future. Nuclear Energy delves into how the energy is actually made and discusses exposure, waste, and storage hazards. Both titles would have benefited from more examples, and the suggested reading lists include only a few titles (mostly published by Heinemann). But with relatively few current books available on basic energy issues, a topic increasingly relevant to current events, these two can serve as solid, up-to-date introductions. --Gillian Engberg

Table of Contents

Today's Questions, Tomorrow's Answers?p. 4
Why Do We Need Energy?p. 6
Energy Efficiencyp. 8
Home Economicsp. 10
Transportation Technologyp. 12
Batteries Not Includedp. 14
Fuel Cellsp. 16
Combined Heat and Powerp. 18
Solar Energyp. 20
Solar Developmentsp. 22
Blowing in the Windp. 24
Hydroelectricityp. 26
Wave Powerp. 28
Tidal Energyp. 30
Geothermal Energyp. 32
Biomass Energyp. 34
Biomass Pros and Consp. 36
"Not in My Backyard"p. 38
The Alternative Futurep. 40
Saving for the Futurep. 42
Alternative Energy Statisticsp. 44
Find Out Morep. 45
Glossaryp. 46
Indexp. 48