Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins from a Warming World


Earth in the Hot Seat is a stunning, magazine-like presentation that celebrates the Earth and clearly explains the dangers and challenges of global warning. This beautiful volume is also a showcase for National Geographic Society’s environmental mission programs. Librarians and teachers will appreciate a book that explains the science of this global threat succinctly and visually, and is a call-to-arms to help the Earth. Readers will enjoy many fun features, from climate connections in global hotspots, to amazing...
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Earth in the Hot Seat is a stunning, magazine-like presentation that celebrates the Earth and clearly explains the dangers and challenges of global warning. This beautiful volume is also a showcase for National Geographic Society’s environmental mission programs. Librarians and teachers will appreciate a book that explains the science of this global threat succinctly and visually, and is a call-to-arms to help the Earth. Readers will enjoy many fun features, from climate connections in global hotspots, to amazing before and after snapshots, to questionnaires answered by climate scientists and celebrities.

The look of Earth in the Hot Seat is modeled on National Geographic Magazine design, with superb photography taking the reader to the heart of the matter. The "Bulletins" format offers easy-to-read reports from scientific and environmental frontiers. Global warming is defined in a manageable way, evidence is examined, and consequences are projected. The text explores both global and local approaches to climate change, with personal accounts and real-life stories. The book also includes a quiz and tips on how to calculate and reduce your personal carbon footprint.

Award-winning author Marfé Ferguson Delano combines beautiful writing, scientific explanation, and long experience of the National Geographic Society to produce an outstanding environmental book for children. This is a landmark work to educate, entertain, and most of all, inspire the next generation of the Earth’s custodians.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marilyn Brien
The cover the photo of a polar bear clinging to a tiny fragment of iceberg is heartrending, but inside, this book lays out more dispassionately the evidence for global warming and the part that human activity plays in it. Five chapters lay out the signs and evidences of a warming world. The science of climate change began perhaps in 1955, when a young scientist discovered that CO² in the atmosphere was constant throughout the world, and began a lifelong study to measure it. Scientists have decided that more than half of the huge amount of human-produced CO² ends up in the atmosphere, and that CO² rise parallels temperature rise. Subsequent chapters of the book are devoted to what humankind can expect in a warming world and steps that must be taken to avert catastrophe for humans and the planet. Bulletins interspersed at intervals give striking examples and data. The illustrative photos are fully up to National Geographic high standards. This fine book, reasonably priced and carefully researched, is a prime example of how a well-made book can consolidate and outline information in a way that is infinitely more accessible and useful than the clutter on the Internet. With global warming very much in the news, this book will be invaluable in every school library. Additionally an extensive bibliography and list of additional resources, including of course online sites, can extend the student's research as far as he or she wishes to take it. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
According to the book, Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins from a Warming World, we should pack up our suitcases and head to the glaciers in Montana before they disappear. A century ago, 150 glaciers existed in this part of the country; now only twenty-five still survive. While the ice melts, one scientist, Charles David Keeling, found a way to measure the amount of carbon dioxide that goes into our atmosphere. These instruments found on top of the volcano, Mauna Loa, still record this information even after Keeling's death in 2005. This graph form, called "Keeling's curve," showed that our surface temperature has increased one degree Fahrenheit in the past century. Similar data collected has been used to explain the term greenhouse effect. Scientists even speculated that some species of animals have disappeared because of this one degree. Do we know how to prevent this from happening? Yes, scientists have determined ways to slow down the process and how we can help. An award-winning author, Marfe Ferguson Delano, combined fascinating facts, eye-catching, color photographs, and factual diagrams to create this intriguing look at what is happening to Earth. The break down within the chapters includes written text and individual captions highlighting relevant facts in an easy-to-read format. The lack of vocabulary words and glossary disappointed me as a teacher and reader. This reference book should be a part of any library that educates us on how to better our world. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–This exceptional book uses excellent color photographs and accessible text to introduce the subject of global warming. Obvious and hidden signs of warming, and the resultant changes to our life and the lives of future generations, are presented. The frightening facts are tempered by possible solutions. Following each chapter, a “Bulletins” spread describes the effects of warming the Earth by one degree in increments up to six degrees. In boxed sections that include a photograph, environmentalists and scientists answer questions about their methods for reducing their personal carbon footprints; simple tips for young readers are included. This book stands out for its clarity, visual appeal, and ability to reach students by offering clearly defined situations and ideas. A first choice for environmental-science sections.–Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Like many others, Delano sounds the alarm-but in ways that her young audience is particularly likely to heed. Tucking in plenty of memorable comments from concerned scientists-"Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. It's like watching the Statue of Liberty melt"-she gives commonly accepted causes, current signs and projected effects of global warming a coherent once-over. She then proceeds to explain just what a "carbon footprint" is and proposes strategies both large-scale and personal for reducing it. Spreads of action tips, news items and mini-interviews separate the chapters. Featuring plenty of telling photographs-notably a set of film stills that includes a view of an SUV surrounded by 25 black balloons representing the amount of CO2 produced by a gallon of gas and a river of rubber ducks showing the average number of daily showers we each take in a lifetime, among others-plus a terrific multimedia resource list, this offers both cogent arguments for being concerned and feasible pathways to an eco-activist mindset. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304347
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,003,244
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marfé Ferguson Delano is the author of 14 books for National Geographic, including Genius, A Photobiography of Albert Einstein, which was an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. Her latest title for National Geographic is Helen’s Eyes, A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan. She is a graduate of Duke University. She lives in Alexandria, VA.
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