Monday, October 31, 2016

Is Fracking Hastening a Water Crisis?

In a five-year period, some "358 billion gallons of water" was used in U.S. hydraulic fracturing or fracking that translates to "an amount equal to the annual water needs of 200 mid-sized cities," based on a recent report by Ceres, a nonprofit interested in global sustainability ("Over Half of U.S. Fracking Wells Are in Water-Stressed Areas, Report Says," Mashable, October 6, 2016). "About 57 percent of the nearly 110,000 shale gas wells" are in areas where water is not plentiful, such as California, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

Review selected hard copy/online library books related to hydraulic fracturing or fracking at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Place Hold" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to request for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more information in the library catalog:
  • Fracking
  • Gas well drilling
  • Gas wells
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Shale gas industry
The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy by Gary Sernovitz
St. Martin's Press, 2016.
call number: 333.823 Ser

"Sernovitz explains the reality of fracking: what it is, how it can be made safer, and how the oil business works. Sernovitz also tells the bigger story. Fracking was just one part of a shale revolution that shocked our assumptions about fueling America's future. . .America, once again the largest oil and gas producer in the world, has altered its balance of power with Russia and the Middle East. Yet the shale revolution is not without its infamous downsides. It has disrupted local communities, raised fears of pollution, and prolonged the world's use of fossil fuels. Is there any way to reconcile the costs with the benefits of fracking? To do so, we must start by understanding fracking and the shale revolution in their totality. This book bridges the gap in America's energy education." - publisher's summary excerpt

The Human and Environmental Impact of Fracking: How Fracturing Shale for Gas Affects Us and Our World edited by Madelon Lubin Finkel
Praeger, 2015
call number: 363.738 Hum

Contributors writing the chapters:
"* Offer a comprehensive, impartial understanding of unconventional natural gas development from many different perspectives by experts in the field
* Draw from the findings of the most up-to-date research and discusses areas where scientific findings are yet unclear
* Address fracking's potential effects on humans, animals, and environmental factors including air quality, water quality, and climate change
* Explain the economic, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues surrounding fracking
* Examine social and community issues and the industry perspective" - publisher's summary excerpt


Liveright Publishing, 2015
call number: 363.119 Bri

"When philosophy professor Adam Briggle moved to Denton, Texas,
he had never heard of fracking. Less than three years later he would
successfully lead a citizens' initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing in
Denton--the first Texas town to challenge the oil and gas industry. . .Briggle brings us to town hall debates and neighborhood meetings where citizens wrestle with issues few fully understand." - publisher's summary excerpt

Friday, September 23, 2016

Animal Rights Advocates Score a Landmark Victory

Seen as the "end of privately funded research on chimpanzees in the U.S.," the final nine primates were recently transferred from the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana to a Georgia sanctuary ("Hundreds of Chimps Head from Research Labs to Sanctuaries," Christian Science Monitor, September 11, 2016). A nonprofit group, Project Chimps, has worked to free these unique animals after a June 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that secured "endangered species status to captive chimps."

Review selected hard copy/online library books related to animal rights at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Place Hold" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to request for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more information in the library catalog:
  • Animal rights
  • Animal welfare
The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals by Wayne Pacelle
William Morrow, 2016.
call number: 636.083 Pac

"From the leader of the nation's most powerful animal-protection organization comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in American business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, philanthropists, and a new class of political leaders are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the 'humane economy.'" - publisher's summary excerpt

Animal Ethics: The Basics by Tony Milligan
Routledge, 2015
call number: 179.3 Mil

"Animal Ethics: The Basics is an essential introduction to the key considerations surrounding the ethical treatment of animals…This book explores such questions as: Can animals think and do they suffer?…Are humans special?" - publisher's summary excerpt


Animal Rights edited by Noah Berlatsky
Greenhaven Press, 2015
call number: 179.3 Ani

"Current Controversies: Animal Rights examines whether scientific testing violates animal rights, including whether it is cruel, the necessity of testing on primates, and the use of technology." - publisher's summary excerpt

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Who Decides Transgender Civil Rights?

A new lawsuit filed by eleven states including Texas challenges the Obama administration's charge granting public facility use based on gender identity ("States Ratchet Up Transgender Battle with Lawsuit against U.S." Reuters, May 25, 2016). The legal action was prompted by a May 13 order that said "transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice" in public schools.

Review selected hard copy/online library books related to transgender topics at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Place Hold" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to request for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more information in the library catalog:
  • Gender identity
  • Transgender children
  • Transgenderism
  • Transgender people
  • Transgender youth
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
The Experiment, 2016
call number: 649.1 Ehr

"In this up-to-date, comprehensive resource, Dr. Ehrensaft explains the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid , rather than binary. As an advocate for the gender affirmative model and with the expertise she has gained over three decades of pioneering work with children and families, she encourages caregivers to listen to each child, learn their particular needs, and support their quest for a true gender self.." - publisher's summary excerpt


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
Random, 2015
call number: 306.768 Nut

"The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family's extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter for the Washington Post." - publisher's summary excerpt


Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities by Jackson Wright Shultz
Dartmouth Coll. P, 2015. 
call number: 306.768 Shu

"Although transgender people are increasingly represented in academic studies and popular culture, they rarely have the opportunity to add their own voices to the conversation. In this remarkable book, Jackson Shultz records the stories of more than thirty Americans who identify as transgender. They range in age from fifteen to seventy-two; come from twenty-five different states and a wide array of racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and identify across a vast spectrum of genders and sexualities." - publisher's summary excerpt