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We Are the Weather Makers : The History of Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0763646563
ISBN-13: 9780763646561
Edition: N/A
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Description: Now in paperback! Every young person who cares about preserving the planet needs to know what's inside this bookand follow the authors' call to action. First published for an adult readership, THE WEATHER MAKERS got kudos for its solid science and  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 3/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Now in paperback! Every young person who cares about preserving the planet needs to know what's inside this bookand follow the authors' call to action. First published for an adult readership, THE WEATHER MAKERS got kudos for its solid science and powerful message. Now this accessible edition speaks directly to young adults, offering a clear look at the history of climate change, how matters will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Newly featured are twenty-five practical tips for living a greener lifestyleat home, in school, in the community, and ultimately, on Earth.

Introduction: The Buzz about Global Warming
Earth and the Carbon Connection
Earth's Carbon Cycle and You
Carbon as one of the keys to controlling Earth's atmosphere
Call to Action: Lead the Green Charge
The Ocean in the Sky
Layers in Earth's atmosphere and what is in the air we breathe
Call to Action: Energy Star
The Greenhouse Story
CO<sub>2</sub> in a positive-feedback loop, in carbon sinks, and as absorbed in the ocean
Call to Action: Start a Low-Carbon Car Diet Today
A Grand Discovery
Milankovitch's theory of glaciation based on Earth's tilt, orbit, and wobble
Call to Action: Happy (Green) Holidays!
Time's Gateways
Correlating events in the geologic record to environmental evidence found in ancient rock and ice cores
Call to Action: Plug the Leaks
Markers of Change
Examining ancient evidence for shifts between ice ages and warm interglacial periods
Call to Action: The Sweater Test
An Energy Blast from the Past
Obtaining and burning fossil fuels
Call to Action: Reduce the Hidden Oil in Your Life
Endangered Habitats
The Unraveling World
Julia Cole's magic gates mark changes in the patterns of EI Ni�os and La Ni�a, wind and water currents, and ecosystems on land
Call to Action: Time to See the Light
Peril at the Poles
Changing ecosystems in the Antarctic and Arctic and effects on animal populations
Interview: Testament to Environmental Changes on Baffin Island
Call to Action: Choose Green Power
Australia's Great Stumpy Reef?
Coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef
Call to Action: Urge Local Businesses to See the Light
A Warning from the Golden Toad
Evidence of climate-induced extinctions from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica
Call to Action: Save the Animals
Liquid Gold: Changes in Rainfall
Floods and droughts in Africa's Sahel, Southwest Australia, and the American West
Call to Action: Eat Locally
Weather Gone Wild
The tropopause and extreme-weather events
Interview: Katrina Survivor Now Takes Hurricane Warnings Seriously
Call to Action: Energy-Smart Schools
The Rising Ocean
Sea level rise caused by thermal expansion; melting sea ice, ice shelves, and land ice; and heat from changes to Earth's albedo
Call to Action: Is Your Home Adequately Insulated?
Leveling the Mountains
Climbing temperatures, climbing habitats&#8212;what is the height of extinction?
Call to Action: The Phantom in Your House
What's to Come?
Model Worlds
Global circulation models and the science and accuracy of predicting Earth's climatic future
Call to Action: Computer Conservation
A Dangerous Commitment
Can Earth's climate be stabilized?
Call to Action: Use Recycled Paper
Fleeing Climate Change
Migration or extinction of flora and fauna
Call to Action: Stop the Junk Mail
Three Tipping Points
Collapse of the Gulf Stream, collapse of the Amazon rain forest, and methane release from the seafloor
Call to Action: Celebrate Arbor Day
Civilization: Big City versus Small Town
Relationship of climate variability to population size and sustainability
Call to Action: Stop Pouring Energy Down the Drain
The Ozone Hole: A Success Story
Causes and health effects of a hole in the ozone and how the Montreal Protocol worked
Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard&#8212;Make Your Vote Count
The Kyoto Protocol
Setting limits on CO<sub>2</sub> emissions, the U.S. stance, and the cost of doing nothing
Call to Action: Can It!
What to Believe?
Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Interview: Building a Portable, Eco-Friendly House
Call to Action: Read, Learn, Decide
Engineering Solutions
Geosequestration, coal gasification, sustainable agriculture, and animal husbandry
Call to Action: Bag That Bag!
So What's the Story with Fuel?
Oil to natural gas to hydrogen and effects on carbon emissions
Call to Action: Time to Hang Out
Soar with the Wind&#8212;Bask in the Sun
Sustainable renewable energy sources
Call to Action: A Tip from Down Under
What about Nuclear?
Expense, risks, and disposal of nuclear waste; geothermal energy alternative
Call to Action: The Virgin Earth Challenge: $25 Million Prize
Hybrids, MiniCATS, and Contrails
Decarbonizing our transportation systems
Call to Action: Your First Set of Wheels
We Took Action
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
Portsmouth Abbey School
The Seattle Public Library
Northern Illinois University
Source Notes
Bibliography
Credits
Index

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