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Dean Goodwin, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Based Education. He is also director of Marine and Environmental education and teaches at Christchurch School in Virginia. Dr. Goodwin is a nationally recognized environmental educator with an honors degree in biochemistry, a post-graduate certificate in science education, and a Ph.D. in mechanistic organic photochemistry. He has more than 25 years teaching experience at both the college and secondary level.

Joe Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and clown. With a degree from Indiana University centering on Medieval History, Joe is also a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey's Clown College. He worked for some years as a circus clown. He is the illustrator of a baker's dozen of For Beginners books including, Barack Obama, [Howard] Zinn, Shakespeare, Postmodernism, Deconstruction, Eastern Philosophy, and Global Warming among others. Joe lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Mary Bess, son Brandon, cat George, and the terriers (or rather terrors) Max and Jack.
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  • Series: For Beginners
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: For Beginners (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934389277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934389270
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,392,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Global warming is a very important subject in the present day. This book attempts to explain how and why Earth's climate interacts with the atmosphere.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a group of several hundred climate scientists from all over the world. Their job is to look at the scientific data on various aspects of climate change. In their latest report, in 2007, they concluded that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal. . . many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes. . . global greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities have grown since preindustrial times, with an increase of 70% between 1970 and 2004."

Earth has experienced warming and cooling cycles in the past, and some people think that this is just another of those warming cycles, and not really a cause for concern. Most sunlight is absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere, while the rest is reflected back into space. Water vapor, methane and carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere, are very good at absorbing infrared radiation. Some global warming is needed to keep Earth from turning into a giant ice cube. But too much of a good thing is bad. To get an idea of what happens with high levels of carbon dioxide, look at the planet Venus, with its runaway greenhouse effect.

The rapidly rising amount of burning fossil fuels leads to more carbon in the atmosphere. It has a positive feedback effect, raising the Earth's temperature. Deforestation that is happening all over the world reduces the level of photosynthesis which reduces the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere.
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I am very pleased with my purchase! I would like to start off by saying that this book not only had excellent text, it had excellent illustrations, too! It was very easy to read, the ideas were clear, and I really took a lot from this book. As a high school senior doing a project on Global Warming, I find this book to be very helpful. It covers every aspect of Global Warming that I need to address for my project and it does so in great detail. It has so much good information in it. For example, it explains Climate Change vs Global Warming. It discusses the reasons for Global Warming and it gives scientific proof. The whole entire novel opened my eyes to how much better off the world would be if everyone did something to help. The changes were so insignificant that one's day would hardly be impacted at all. The quote goes something like, "Some one can't do everything, but everyone can do something.". It also explains the effects of Global Warming on the planet and talks about how the world is coming together to combat Global Warming. At the end of it, it even gives an experiment that proves how greenhouse gas increases are the main culprit for temperature increase.

Essentially, I am very pleased I bought this book. It is very helpful for supporting my project's thesis. Also, I just plain learned a lot of cool facts about climate! This book was exactly what I was looking for.
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This book is chalk full of facts, it shows beginners how global warming starts, how it continues to get worse, and how it is effecting the environment around us. It also gives us ways we can combat the positive feedback loop of global warming. This book is great for beginners to jump into the Global Warming topic!
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This book by far was the best intro for global climate change. I read this book before taking my 101 college class and it was a great help.
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Just an excellent manner in which Global Warming is introduced.
The illustration were also very good and entertaining.
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