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Puxi Hub Library Guide: Health, Food & Water

The Sustainable Development Goals


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Analyzing the Global Population Crisis

The world's population has more than doubled in the past fifty years, which has strained natural resources, increased pollution, and harmed many plants and animals. This book examines demography around the world, covering immigration, refugees, urbanization, poverty, trade, and access to water and food. Controversial issues such as eugenics and abortion are also discussed in terms of their impact on population and birth rates, providing readers with various perspectives to critique this complex issue.


Ideal for classroom discussions and reports on current events, this series takes an in-depth look at six global problems facing us today. Each book clearly explains the causes and effects of a major problem and suggests solutions. This series allows students to dig deeper into issues they hear about in the media.


This title examines one of the world's critical issues, poverty. Readers will learn the historical background of the issue, leading up to its current and future impact on society. Discussed in detail are the causes of poverty as well as the effects of poverty, including homelessness, poor education, and poor mental and physical health. Also covered is stigma surrounding poverty, as well as U.S. programs such as welfare and other initiatives developed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Engaging text, informative sidebars, and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of poverty. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Issues is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.


Poverty affects millions of people all over the world, both in developed and developing countries. This title takes a detailed look at what causes poverty, how it impacts the global community, and current government and individual efforts to tackle this worldwide problem.

Analyzing Threats to Water Resources

Access to clean, fresh water is vital for all humans, but in many parts of the world, getting water is not as simple as turning on the tap. Contaminated water, especially in impoverished areas, kills millions of people a year, while warming oceans, Arctic melt, and disappearing rainforests are a threat to the environment. This book shows how humans use water and how we can help preserve it in the wake of these threats. Statistics and fact boxes help readers understand various issues related to water, from drought and flooding to desalination and pollution.


More than 1 billion people around the world do not have drinkable water. This book helps students understand the issues surrounding the use, supply, and conservation of water.

Food and Water

This is an examination of the serious problems threatening our world's food and water supplies which assesses the danger of shortages; evaluates threats such as pollution, dangerous insecticides and chemical fertilizers; and weighs up possible solutions.

Outgrowing the Earth

"Historically food security was the responsibility of ministries of agriculture, but today that has changed. Recent research reporting that a 1-degree Celsius rise in temperature can reduce grain yields by 10 percent means that energy policy is now directly affecting crop production. Decisions made in ministries of energy may have a greater effect on future food security than those made in ministries of agriculture." "The bottom line is that future food security depends not only on efforts within agriculture but also on energy policies that stabilize climate, a worldwide effort to raise water productivity, the evolution of land-efficient transport systems, and population policies that seek a humane balance between population and food." "Outgrowing the Earth advances our thinking on food security issues that the world will be wrestling with for years to come."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved