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Global Warming
     

Global Warming

by Alvin Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn, Virginia B. Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn (Joint Author), Virginia Silverstein (Joint Author)
 

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Wouldn't it be great to control the weather? To make every weekend warm and sunny, or bring on a snowstorm at will? While unfortunately humans lack this power, we all still affect the climate on Earth. Scientists have studied a warming trend on our planet that started back in the 1800s and dramatically increased in the 1980s. They have traced this warming of Earth

Overview

Wouldn't it be great to control the weather? To make every weekend warm and sunny, or bring on a snowstorm at will? While unfortunately humans lack this power, we all still affect the climate on Earth. Scientists have studied a warming trend on our planet that started back in the 1800s and dramatically increased in the 1980s. They have traced this warming of Earth to greater amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere, some of which is a direct result of human activity. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain how human activity and the greenhouse effect have changed the climate on Earth and the effect this has on people and animals. The authors also explore ways that everyone can "go green" to help fight global warming.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
When updating the science collection, look to this "Science Concepts" series. Among the wide range of titles are Global Warming, The Universe, Cells, Clocks and Rhythms, DNA, and Weather and Climate. All topics are key concepts that make up the core of science. Global Warming explains the phenomenon of warming, looks at how Earth's climate is changing, and examines short- and long-term effects. A well-balanced and informative debate about whether warming can be stopped concludes the volume. The Universe describes the universe historically and as it appears today. Sections on exploring the universe and humankind's future in it speak to space travel, living in space, and other life that might be out there. Each title is very well researched, with "Did You Know?" boxes full of interesting facts scattered throughout. In Global Warming, students learn that "worldwide, [seventy-eight] million acres... of forest are destroyed every year." The Universe informs the reader that "rockets actually date back to the [twelfth] century and China." Color photographs are prevalent, as are wonderful illustrations, charts, and maps. A full-page time line of the space age is an example of one chart available in The Universe, and an excellent color illustration of the water cycle appears in the other title. Within both texts are highlighted words that indicate that the words can be found within the glossary at the back. A list of up-to-date Internet resources and other readings is also provided. Each title has its own, well-done index. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; MiddleSchool, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Twenty-First Century, 64p. PLB
— Susan Allen
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Well-organized chapters with clear headings introduce the concept and its potential impact on the Earth's environment, weather, and inhabitants. The importance of recycling, alternative forms of energy, and international efforts to combat negative consequences of this phenomenon are also discussed. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761322566
Publisher:
Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
Publication date:
01/22/2003
Series:
Science Concepts Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Alvin Silverstein is a former Professor of Biology and Director of the Physician Assistant Program at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. Virginia B. Silverstein is a translator of Russian scientific literature. The Silversteins have produced more than two hundred published books that have received high acclaim from reviewers for their clear, timely, and authoritative coverage of science and health topics. Laura Silverstein Nunn, a graduate of Kean College, began helping with the research for her parents' books while she was in high school. Since joining the writing team, she has coauthored more than eighty books, including titles in the ENDANGERED IN AMERICA series, the SCIENCE CONCEPTS series, the SENSES AND SENSORS series, and the WHAT A PET! series. Laura lives with her husband Matt and their son Cory.

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