Climate Crisis: The Science of Global Warming

Climate Crisis: The Science of Global Warming

by Don Nardo, Nardo
     
 

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From hurricanes to droughts to melting glacial ice, the signs are all around us: Our world is warming up. Global warming results from many factors. Gases in the atmosphere trap rays of heat and light, creating a greenhouse effect. Natural feedback processes, too, create cycles that contribute to global warming. If left unchecked, there could be devastating

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From hurricanes to droughts to melting glacial ice, the signs are all around us: Our world is warming up. Global warming results from many factors. Gases in the atmosphere trap rays of heat and light, creating a greenhouse effect. Natural feedback processes, too, create cycles that contribute to global warming. If left unchecked, there could be devastating consequences for our world. Many plants and animals may not survive the change in climate, while diseases are likely to flourish in the warmer conditions. But with many governments and individuals taking steps to fight global warming, there is still hope that future generations will inherit a healthy environment.

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Even a small difference in the earth's average atmospheric temperature can produce major climate changes, transforming our world. Man-made pollution, principally from burning fossil fuels, is largely responsible, blanketing the earth with too much warmth. One result is weather at both ends of the extreme. Climate change is already generating more severe hurricanes and unusually cold winters with record snowfalls. Cycles of evaporation, vaporization, and rain/snowfall intensify, accelerating global warming, as areas of ice and snow shrink, reflecting less heat from the sun. Water shortages, wildfires, and droughts increase in frequency and severity. Ironically, scientists are concerned that one outcome may be a deep freeze developing over northern Europe and North America if the giant conveyor belt that is the Gulf Stream is interrupted by the accelerated influx of very cold water as northern glaciers and ice caps melt. Solutions to man-made causes lie in the development of alternate energy sources. Individuals can help by changing the way they live and think about the earth's resources. Using energy efficient light bulbs, driving less, eating less meat, and eating food grown locally will help promote a healthy environment. This book, one in the "Headline Science" series, is illustrated with photographs and sidebars detailing selected facts or features titled "Now You Know" and "Keeping Current" and concludes with a timeline, a glossary, a list of recommended further resources, source notes, a note about the author, and an index. This book is recommended for upper elementary and middle school libraries and science classrooms. Reviewer: Hazel Buys

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756535711
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Headline Science Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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