Climate Change

Overview

Each year people across the world report episodes of strange weather that are more numerous and more unprecedented than in prior years. Massive, record-breaking heat waves and crippling droughts ravage formerly moderate climates and regions, while locales that are normally warm experience prolonged freezing temperatures and blizzards. At the same time, hurricanes bigger and more intense than those of yesteryear pound coastal areas worldwide. For a while, scientists hoped these disturbing events might be flukes. ...

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Overview

Each year people across the world report episodes of strange weather that are more numerous and more unprecedented than in prior years. Massive, record-breaking heat waves and crippling droughts ravage formerly moderate climates and regions, while locales that are normally warm experience prolonged freezing temperatures and blizzards. At the same time, hurricanes bigger and more intense than those of yesteryear pound coastal areas worldwide. For a while, scientists hoped these disturbing events might be flukes. But now they know they are part of a larger global trend, which has come to vbe called climate change. In large part, evidence shows, it is driven by human activities, especially the release of so-called greenhouse gases into Earth atmosphere. These gases trap too much of the sun's heat, in the process causing global weather mechanisms and patterns to become unstable and unpredictable. Experts say that global climate change is the biggest single immediate threat that humanity faces.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
Out of all of the books on climate change that I have read recently, Nardo's book has to be one of the most thorough. He does not sugarcoat Earth's climate crisis, nor does he present information in a manner that is too elementary for more mature readers. Though the age range recommended for this book is "ages nine to twelve," an older reader would enjoy reading it just as much. In fact, adults could learn much about global warming by reading this book. Nardo divides his manuscript into eight chapters, beginning with "Antarctica Shattered." In this introduction, he cites both natural and human-based causes for global warming. Although many colorful photographs are featured, the book is more heavily text-based than graphics-based. Other chapters include "Engines of Change," "Too Little Water," "Extreme Weather," "New Ice Ages," "Threats to Life," "The Worst Case," and "Fighting Back." After reading this book, even the most cynical disbeliever of global warming will feel inspired to adopt a greener lifestyle. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–These excellent books detail familiar perils whose deadly potential students may not fully realize. The first chapter of each title opens with a gripping description of an event, related in a way that will draw readers in and that provides plenty of accessible science. A breathless account of the 1871 Peshtigo, WI, disaster in Wildfires, for example, includes information on the physics of a fire whirl. Black-and-white and color photographs on almost every page add to the drama. To varying degrees, the titles cover phenomena that are the subject of scientific and/or social debate. The authors describe both sides of the controversies, providing evidence for why mainstream science is right. Frequent sidebars, covering as much as a spread, discuss peripheral and often unusual information. The conclusion of each title explains what scientists are doing, or what they anticipate doing, to ameliorate the threat. The titles close with extensive chapter notes; those in Wildfires are especially extensive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599351193
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: Extreme Threats Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Antarctica Shattered 9

2 Engines of Change 21

3 Too Little Water 35

4 Extreme Weather 46

5 New Ice Ages 57

6 Threats to Life 67

7 The Worst Case 76

8 Fighting Back 87

Timeline 98

Sources 100

Glossary 104

Bibliography 106

Web sites 107

Index 108

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