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What’s really going on with the environment—in our own backyards and the wider world? Conflicting information is offered by websites, magazines, and documentaries that blur the line between news and opinion. Not every report is reliable; not every interest group is actually composed of concerned citizens. In this dynamic account, award-winning author Paul Fleischman arms teens with the basic tools to uncover vested interests and falsehoods by vetting sources, following the money, and checking references so they can make informed decisions about what actions to take in the worldwide battle against climate change, overconsumption, and dwindling resources.

We’re living in an “ah-ha” moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity and add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren’t visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking—suburbs, cars, fast food, and cheap prices. It’s a changed world.

This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but with the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the twenty-first century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “‘History is happening right here and right now,’ writes Newbery Medalist Fleischman in this challenging and provocative overview of current environmental and sociological problems, which urges readers to think critically and broadly about the world…Few readers will look at the world the same way after finishing this book.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This well-researched book is a call to action: now is the time to save our environment…The presentation of facts and the author’s positive message are what shine here. An excellent and thought-provoking take on a well-worn subject.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Remarkable…Thoughtful readers will appreciate this insightful, refreshing title’s broad scope, use of specific examples, and the many references to related books, documentaries, and online articles, lectures, and interviews…A Newbery Medal–winning writer, Fleischman notes that he is ‘no trained scientist,’ but his exceptional ability to organize the information here and present it articulately makes him a notable citizen scientist.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A must-read for millennials and for all who seek solutions to global warming. For high schools that assign one book for all students to read and discuss: This is the one.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The compelling format includes numerous short chapters with sidebars, illustrations, and source notes. Every page offers interesting visual design as well as quality content…Fleischmann’s engaging book will launch readers into further inquiry…This unique and up-to-the-minute book builds understanding about how we have reached the current moment in history…Compelling. [This] may become the author’s most influential book.”


  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Book of 2014
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