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Current Issue: April 2018

We want to wish you an early Happy Earth Day! Earth Day has its origins in a protest that happened about 48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, when millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. This protest was brought on by the deadly smog that was choking some major cities and the loss of biodiversity. In that same year, the U.S. created the Environmental Protection Agency and passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Today, we still face many environmental challenges, from plastic pollution in our oceans to climate change. To help our readers learn more about these issues, we provide a special bibliography created just for Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution (p. 140) that has selections that deal specifically with plastic pollution. We also offer a Read-Around-A-Theme on climate change (p. 153).

In this issue, we also continue with our series of remarks by the winners of the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books. This month’s remarks from Sarah Wassner Flynn, who won in the Hands-On Science Category for her book, This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash We think this book also fits in well with our Earth Day theme for the month.

We are grateful for your patronage and hope this issue enlightens you about these environmental issues. Be sure to follow us on Facebook (SB&FOnline) and on Twitter (SBFOnline) to hear about issues affecting libraries, science education, and projects we work on.


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