The Scientists Behind The Environment

Overview

Who invented Daisyworld?

Why was the book Silent Spring so important?

What is the Green Belt Movement?

This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at some important environmental scientists, historical and modern and from a range of cultures, and shows how their ideas are often connected. Some of the people are household names, some deserve much greater recognition, but all have...

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Overview

Who invented Daisyworld?

Why was the book Silent Spring so important?

What is the Green Belt Movement?

This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at some important environmental scientists, historical and modern and from a range of cultures, and shows how their ideas are often connected. Some of the people are household names, some deserve much greater recognition, but all have made major discoveries or changed the way we see the environment today.

Sci-Hi is a visually stimulating series that takes learning science topics to a whole new level! Each title in the series explains an area of physical, life, or Earth and space science in a way that is both engaging and rigorous. Features of the series include high-interest spreads, timelines, clearly explained scientific terms, and further information.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"How do flying dustmops help scientists?" This and many other intriguing questions are answered in books of the "Sci-Hi" series, which introduces readers to the multitude of scientists, past and present, working in various fields. This volume explores our environment (natural, physical, and built), researched by geologists, geographers, chemists, and ecologists. Some scientists get spreads, others a page, and still others a short mention in a sidebar; some are famous and some will be unknown to aspiring young scientists, but all have done important work. Snedden stresses the power of conservation, pioneered in the U.S. by John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, both advocating National Parks like Yosemite. Biologist Rachel Carson had a tremendous impact by warning us about poisonous chemicals in pesticides. Much of the environmental information on global warming and climate change may be familiar to this age group, but Snedden's section on activists in other parts of the world is valuable. Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, for example, champions biodiversity and condemns biopiracy, while Kenyan Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for founding the Green Belt Movement, dedicated to tree-planting, women's rights, and conservation. Finally, Snedden urges young people to recognize environmental links and remember to "think globally, act locally." Illustrations are mostly color photos on every page, combined with areas of text and sidebars in brightly-colored circles. In an effort to create excitement, color has been added to backgrounds and often in bands around scientists' heads, adding an over-saturated look to some pages. Still, these volumes (including timelines, glossaries, quizzes, and bibliographies) can work well as source books encouraging further research for science projects, fairs, reports, biographies, and even careers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410940469
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Sci-Hi: Scientists Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is the Environment? 4

John Muir: Conservation Pioneer 10

Yellowstone: The First National Park 12

Rachel Carson: Silent Spring 14

The View from Space 20

James Hansen: Climate Watcher 28

A Nuclear Solution? 32

Vandana Shiva: Conservation Farming 34

Wangara Maathai: Grassroots Campaigner 38

People and Planet 40

Timeline 42

Glossary 44

Match the Scientist to the Place 45

Find Out More 46

Index 48

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