Climate Change (Groundwork Guides Series)

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There is no longer any question that the planet is warming, and that this warming is caused by human activity. Shrinking glaciers and melting permafrost, erratic weather patterns and threatened water supplies are already affecting the lives of people around the globe.

Climate change has been called the single greatest threat confronting societies today. The crisis is real, but there is little consensus about how to confront the problem, because the science is complex, the ...

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Overview


There is no longer any question that the planet is warming, and that this warming is caused by human activity. Shrinking glaciers and melting permafrost, erratic weather patterns and threatened water supplies are already affecting the lives of people around the globe.

Climate change has been called the single greatest threat confronting societies today. The crisis is real, but there is little consensus about how to confront the problem, because the science is complex, the economic, political and social implications of taking action are far reaching, and the scope of the problem is vast.

Climate Change — A Groundwork Guide addresses the main questions. What is happening, and how did we get here? What is the basic science behind climate change? What is going to happen in the future? Why is it so hard for us to accept what is going on, and what can we do about it?

Perhaps most important, this book acknowledges that the issue involves much more than agreeing on the underlying science. Climate change is an emotionally charged political and philosophical issue as well. It affects how governments and industry form policy, the choices we all make in our daily lives, how we look at the rest of the world, and what kind of world we want to leave to future generations. And it is an issue of particular importance to young adults, because long after our current leaders are dead and gone, it is young people who will be left to deal with the consequences bequeathed to them by today’s policy-makers.

Charts, maps, glossary, index and suggestions for further reading accompany the text.

The Groundwork Guides provide an overview of key contemporary political and social issues. Engaging, concise and clearly written, these books tackle pressing and sometimes controversial topics, offering both a lively introduction to the subject and a strong point of view.

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Editorial Reviews

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A Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction, 2007

A Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List, 2007

A Booklist Top 5 Series Title on Global Warming, 2007

A CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2007

"If a library can only afford one book on the subject, this title in the Groundwork Guides series is a terrific choice. With its small trim size and Tanaka's concise and lucid prose, this provides an excellent overview of what is happening and why, and what needs to be done on an individual and global scale. Includes source notes as well as a glossary and further reading list." —Booklist

"The authors express strong viewpoints that are sure to jolt readers into ready agreement or opposition … These concise, straightforward titles are important additions to all collections." —School Library Journal

"Each of the four well-written and engaging books in this valuable series provides a foundation for understanding an important subject relevant to current world stability and peace." —Library Media Connection

“Tanaka considers the impact of global warming on the planet today and persuasively argues that the worst is yet to come. Maps and fact boxes break up the text in this compact, highly readable book.”
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The rate at which our worldwide climate is changing accelerates annually. Life as we know it is spinning into oblivion. The evidence for this situation is documented persuasively in records of temperature change and levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Answers to core questions about how we got to this point and what the future may hold are advanced in this guide which is part of the "Groundwork Guide Series," and discusses the mechanics of how our climate works, the far-reaching effects of change and what is required to address this complex dilemma. Political, social, and economic agendas and their impact, both good and bad, frame the essential questions of survival facing our planet. The point of view is assertive, the facts comprehensive and the analysis compelling. This book is a valuable resource for research into any aspect of the conundrum of climate change and would be an important addition to a classroom studying science, politics, economics and/or sociology.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These handy volumes address current topics that can be debated in government, history, and science classes. The first chapter frames the question and the remaining ones provide historical background, explanations, and possible solutions (note in Genocide that Wounded Knee took place in 1890, not 1891). The authors express strong viewpoints that are sure to jolt readers into ready agreement or opposition. Springer begins with "Today's Genocide" and a summary of what is happening in Darfur. Tanaka argues that global warming is affecting people across the globe, with worse yet to come. These concise, straightforward titles are important additions to all collections.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554981595
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Series: Groundwork Guides Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 601,168
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning author, editor and translator.
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Table of Contents


Climate Change Is Here, and It's Real     9
How We Got Here     24
How the Climate System Works     33
The Effects of Climate Change     46
The Frightening Numbers     64
The Tough Questions     78
Facing the Music     90
Notes     115
Glossary     131
For Further Information     135
Acknowledgments     137
Index     139
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