Examining Energy and the Environment around the World
by Bruce E. Johansen
April 2019, 375pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5929-8
$103, £80, 90€, A142
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We hear about solar power in the United States a lot. But did you know that it has become a major form of renewable energy in places around the world, including India and Kenya?

This volume addresses ten issues pertaining to energy and the environment, such as climate change, fossil fuels, endangered species, and renewable energy, and examines how these issues are affecting countries around the world.

In the industrial age, first powered by coal and then more often by oil, environmental degradation nearly inevitably followed resource exploitation and energy production. This book examines environmental issues in specific countries around the world as well as solutions some of these countries have discovered in order to help save the environment.

This volume includes 10 chapters, each addressing a specific issue relating to energy and the environment as it pertains to a variety of countries, including toxic chemicals, pollution, deforestation, and climate change. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the issue. Following the chapter introduction, each chapter highlights that issue in eight countries and provides historic perspective. This work provides an overview for high school students and college students at the undergraduate level on 10 important topics that address matters relating to energy and the environment in the 21st century.


  • Provides readers with an understanding of the complexities of environmental and energy issues, which will result in a comprehensive view of the issues certain countries face
  • Allows students to make cross-cultural comparisons about how countries are dealing with issues related to energy and the environment
  • Includes photographs that help to bring the text to life
  • Explains contemporary issues in an overview, allowing student readers to better understand the problems that face our society today
Bruce E. Johansen was professor of communication and Native American studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1982 to 2019, retiring with emeritus status as Frederick W. Kayser research professor. He has published 50 books in several fields, among them history, anthropology, law, and earth sciences. His writing has been published, debated, and reviewed in academic venues including William and Mary Quarterly, American Historical Review, Current History, and Nature, as well as in many popular newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times, The Nation, and National Geographic.


"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."—Library Journal, June 30, 2019

"Overall, the entries are objective, very informative, and accessible to the general reader. Recommended for high-school and college-level courses."—Booklist Online, September 20, 2019

"...the eclectic mix of data does provide interesting ideas for paper topics that would prove useful to libraries serving high school and undergraduate populations."—ARBA, August 1, 2019

"Useful to libraries serving high school and undergraduate populations. . . Recommended."—School Library Connection, November 1, 2019
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