Examining Energy and the Environment Around the World

ABC-CLIO. (Global Viewpoints). Apr. 2019. 375p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440859298. $94; ebk. ISBN 9781440859304. REF
Johansen (communication & Native American studies, Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha; Climate Change) contends that his work is a testament to humankind’s assault on the environment and a cautionary tale about what must change to sustain human and natural survival. Following the same format of most other “Global Viewpoints” books, each chapter begins with a topical overview followed by eight country profiles and a list of resources for further reading. Numerous sidebars, quotes, and pictures support the text. Eighty essays describe climate change, deforestation, fossil fuels, endangered species and extinctions, Indigenous peoples, toxic chemicals, pollution, renewable energy, oceans, and water, with the United States, China, and Russia appearing more than any other countries. Johansen explores the role our warming atmosphere plays in environmental maladies worldwide, the extent to which toxicity has pervaded the entire ecosystem, the pervasiveness and expansion of species extinction, and the effect of pollution on Indigenous peoples. Topics covered include smog in Italy, drought in India, heat waves in Australia, and polar bear decline in Canada. Although the book is dire in tone at times, Johansen treats his subject with the gravitas it deserves.
VERDICT This eye-opening, thought-provoking work challenges readers with accurate, current, and important information about the environment. For high school students, lower-level undergraduates, and general readers.

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