Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate--and How Humans Are Changing Them

Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate--and How Humans Are Changing Them

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by Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy
     
 

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From an American hero and dedicated scientist: A compelling introduction to the changes taking place in Earth's climate, written for the audience that matters most to our planet's future.

Beginning with Sally Ride's unique, astronaut's-eye view of Earth's fragile atmosphere, Mission: Planet Earth describes how water, air, and other climate systems

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From an American hero and dedicated scientist: A compelling introduction to the changes taking place in Earth's climate, written for the audience that matters most to our planet's future.

Beginning with Sally Ride's unique, astronaut's-eye view of Earth's fragile atmosphere, Mission: Planet Earth describes how water, air, and other climate systems shape our world, and how a disruption in one part of the system can spread through the entire planet. Drawing on the latest scientific research and presenting a clear, even-handed account of the current state of climate studies, illustrated with helpful diagrams and stunning photographs of and from the front lines of climate change, here is a celebration of Earth's natural complexity--and a call to action for a new generation.

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“The authors have an extensive background in science education, and their text exhibits an excellent balance of concept thoroughness with ease of comprehension.” —School Library Journal

“The narrative's tone is less alarmist than most recent looks at global warming, but still threaded with lively language . . . and well stocked with both recent scientific findings and big, clear color photos.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596433106
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,201,654
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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Mission: Planet Earth

Our World and Its Climate--and How Humans Are Changing Them
By Sally Ride

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Copyright © 2009 Sally Ride
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ISBN: 9781596433106

Mission: Planet Earth
MISSION, PLANET EARTHWhen I was an astronaut, I spent hours gazing down at the Earth below. Our planet is beautiful. It's home to everything we know and hold dear. 
When I looked out the window, I could see winding rivers emptying into blue oceans, mountainsides of a tropical rain forest, and muddy waters of river deltas. I could see city lights twinkle at night and contrails of airplanes crisscross the sky.More than anything, though, I could see how fragile Earth is. When I looked toward the horizon, I could see a thin, fuzzy blue line outlining the planet. At first, I didn't know what I was seeing. Then I realized it was Earth's atmosphere. It looked so thin and so fragile, like a strong gust of interplanetary wind could blow it all away. And I realized that this air is our planet's spacesuit--it's all that separates every bird, fish, and person on Earth from the blackness of space.In the last few decades we've started to change that atmosphere. Some of the changes, like the smog hovering over Los Angeles, are even visible to astronauts in space. Others are invisible to the eye but are now easy to measure. The most dangerous--the one that will affect everything on our planet--is the warming that we now know we humans are causing.Our warming climate is not visible to astronauts, but its effects will be. The next generation of astronauts could look down and see deserts where we now have lakes, meadows where we now have glaciers, and oceans where we now have beaches. Future astronauts may even have to launch into space from a new launch pad--Cape Canaveral could be underwater. They may look down and say, "That's where Washington, D.C., used to be," or "Did you know farmers used to grow wheat in Kansas?"To a person standing on the ground, our air seems to go on forever. The sky looks so big, and people haven't worried about what they put into the air. From space, though, it's obvious how little air there really is. Nothing vanishes "into thin air." The gases that we're sending into the air are piling up in our atmosphere. And that's changing Earth's life-support system in ways that could change our planet forever.Copyright © 2009 by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy

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Meet the Author

In 1983, SALLY RIDE became the first American woman to travel into space. She has remained in the limelight as an astronaut, astrophysicist, and advocate for encouraging girls in the sciences.
TAM O'SHAUGHNESSY is a professor of school psychology and children's science. She has co-authored four award-winning books with Sally Ride

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