Gr 8 Up–These books investigate the ways in which people use resources and how that usage impacts the environment and society. Chapters cover such topics as “The Global Housing Crisis” (Building Homes) and “Trade and Distribution” (Food and Water). Quotes from experts, case studies, and detailed facts are provided in sidebar entries. The authors provide a balanced perspective, clearly weighing the positives and negatives of resource usage. For example, in a chapter in Nature for People, a statistics-laden sidebar outlines the importance of tourism to developing countries, while the narrative discusses how visitors may cause grave damage to their surroundings. An excellent choice for environmental research projects.