Curiosity Guides: Global Climate Change

Curiosity Guides: Global Climate Change

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ISBN-13: 9781936140169
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Curiosity Guides Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ernest Zebrowski, Ph.D., has taught disaster science and physics at Penn State, Duquesne University, Louisiana State, and Southern University--where he also developed a doctoral program in science education. His prior books, which have been translated into six languages, include CATEGORY 5: THE STORY OF CAMILLE, THE LAST DAYS OF ST. PIERRE, PERILS OF A RESTLESS PLANET, and four books on applied physics and mathematics. A native of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Zebrowski currently lives on St. George Island, Florida.

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Curiosity Guides: Global Climate Change 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
wendywordsmithy on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I was discussing some scientific fact I learned from this book with someone and they asked me, "how do they know?" That is exactly what this book is so great at explaining. In an easy to understand (my science ed. consists of one biology and one geology class in college) and non-partisan (he keeps politics confined to the last chapter) way, Zebrowski helped me to understand the science behind what scientists already know about global climate change and why they have such a hard time predicting the exact future. Are you a citizen of planet earth? Then you should read this book.
getdowmab on LibraryThing 17 days ago
In this book, Zebrowski attempts to present the evidence behind the scientific concerns about global climate change. Generally speaking, it's a useful book outlining some of the basics of climate science, and debunking some of the silly arguments that are made about climate change being a 'myth'. He covers a lot of territory in short book, and I think this book is a useful and up to date resource regarding the state of climate science. Since the book is intended to be a scientific guide for laypeople, it's understandable that Zebrowski stears clear of some of the more heated political discussion surrounding the issue, though he does offer some general recommendations for how we should address dealing with the problems associated with global climate change and hopefully avert catastrophe. Of course, by not addressing some of the more heated political rhetoric directly, the book does leave itself open for criticisms from climate change deniers who are 'certain' it is a 'debunked myth'...but, those factions are unlikely to be convinced even if their hyperbole were to be addressed directly. So, kudos to the author for remaining above the fray and presenting as much of the scientific arguments as possible. The one shortcoming that I'd say this book suffers from is that he doesn't provide enough citations to direct readers to the actual scientific publications that present the evidence he has condensed here. Though it's understandable in a concise book with the layperson in mind scientific might exclude a lot of the technical professional literature...it seems like the provision of citations could only bolster his presentation by enabling those interested to dig a little deeper, while also shutting out the possibility of deniers claiming that the scientific research is 'inadequate' or 'minimal'. Overall, it's a worthwhile read for anyone interested in ecological and climate science, as well as ongoing political discourse. Because of the polarizing nature of this topic, it may be too much to hope it convinces anyone to rethink their views on the issues involved, but due to it's concise nature, it may be a good book for passing along to someone who is trying to inform themselves about this issue.
dlweeks on LibraryThing 17 days ago
A great introduction to the concepts of climate change, but if you are looking for something more in depth or cutting edge, this book isn't for you. Now, if you happen to be looking for a book to introduce someone to the concept of global climate change who might be a bit reticent, this would be a great book. The convenience of the language used lends itself to the casual reader, and won't put off someone who might be concerned about "a bunch of science-talk mumbo-jumbo." Zebrowski also arranges the book in a very reader-friendly way. He builds on previous chapters extremely well, but each section could easily stand alone for a quick refresher. If you want a boring, science-journal-style piece of writing, this book won't be for you. Great read and very well written.
JeffV on LibraryThing 17 days ago
As a life-long student of science, I appreciate literature that describes the current state-of-knowledge in concise, easy-to-grasp terms. The subtitle of "Global Climate Change" is "The Book of Essential Knowledge" and in this respect, the author is true to his word. Zebrowski not only describes what we know now, beyond any reasonable doubt, but he also acknowledges the motivations behind detractors and addresses their arguments as well.Of course, when it comes to using scientific research to combat industry-driven motivation, it's rather like shooting fish in a barrel. The evidence for global climate change really is overwhelming -- the straws the opposition grasps at are just that: straws. The data we have for climate change is really all pretty recent, but we also have managed to accumulate some pretty good estimations of historical climate fluctuations. And what we know is that at present course, we will inflict irrevocable damage on the climate of t he planet: ice caps will melt; coastal communities will cease to exist, and our current "bread baskets" could be rendered into unproductive desert. Has such a thing happened before? Yes, but not under current climatic conditions. Just because Mother Nature screws with the status quo every few hundred thousand years doesn't mean we should throw our arms up and assume this very moment is one of those times. The data available does not indicate this is the case. By curtailing our polluting ways, we could still stave off disaster. But it takes active effort and cooperation; it takes politicians with the nerve and fortitude to stand up to industries that stand to lose and act for the good of both humanity and the planet.
06nwingert on LibraryThing 17 days ago
No matter your political perspective, Global Climate Change is definitely worth reading. It's filled with non-partisan, cited facts that explain climate change and all of its manifestations in an easy-to-read compendium. The size of the book allows readers to carry it around and thwart misinformation.
starboard on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I am a geologist an familiar with the variety of data used in climate studies. Prior to receiving Global Climate Change in the mail (LT Early Reviewer), I wasn't sure how technically dense it would be. Zebrowski's book is a well-written summary of the state of climate science knowledge to date and how that knowledge came about for the general populace. It is not overly technical, but in fact it reads very well and is fast-paced. I believe I will send it to my mother who does not have a high science background but is interested in such topics. I enjoyed how Zebrowski winds together threads and anecdotes from all the sciences to develop the story of climate change; this clearly informs the reader how long the climate has been studied and how broad the contribution of studies has been. I would call Zebrowski's writing style Malcolm Gladwell-esque. He has succeeded in educating the reader in an interesting and informative way.