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The Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming Paperback – September 1, 2007
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“I’ve never seen such a comprehensive explanation of the [global warming] phenomenon in so few words.”
— The New York Times Book Review
(Reviewed by Hank Green, editor-in-chief of EcoGeek.org)
“The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming…brings knotty matters
down to manageable scope for youngsters ages 8 and up.” Metropolitan Home Magazine
“It’s easy being green with Laurie David and Cambria Gordon’s informative book, which helps kids understand what’s happening to our environment.”
— Parents Magazine
“Funny and full of tips, the book informs—and empowers—kids and adults alike.”
— Family Circle
“The heart of the book is in making the concept of global warming understandable for your kids.”
“Four well-organized sections define the issue and give examples of consequences in the physical world, extinctions in the animal world and what young people can do. A humorous tone, eye-catching graphics and celebrity connections lend pizzazz to this volume, but there is plenty of substance, too.”
— Kirkus, starred review
“Dynamic layouts and abundant illustrations and photos enliven the passionate words—lush, full-bleed photographs emphasize the high stakes by portraying both the splendor of the natural world and the devastating effects of climate change. Printed in soy ink on recycled paper, this engaging and accessible guide, ideal as a gift or book-club option, inspires commitment to the planet.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
LAURIE DAVID is devoted to stopping global warming. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and has produced several projects that aim to bring global warming to public attention, including the TBS Earth to America! comedy special, the HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle, and Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. She was voted Glamour's Woman of the Year for 2006. Laurie lives with her husband and their two daughters in Los Angeles, California.
Cambria is a former award-winning advertising copywriter. She has written articles for Boys Life, Parenting, and the Los Angeles Times magazine. Cambria speaks to children all over the country about reducing their carbon footprint. She sits on the Los Angeles Leadership Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council and lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles.
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This book is a great introduction to the topic of global warming. Since this topic is something that people sometimes disagree on, readers can use the information in the book to form their own opinions. I think that the authors do a very good job of not only discussing their opinions, but also using facts to back them up. I think the best chapter in this book is the one discussing what we can do to help the earth. The ideas in this chapter are ones that young people can do on their own, like not leaving the chargers for their cell phone or mp3 player plugged in when the device is not connected to it. The bright bold pictures are what drew me in to this book and they would definitely keep readers interested.
If you do not believe in it (or even know there is another side), you probably will not want this for your kid.
Even if you believe in the IPCC type worries, you should be aware this has a section designed to encourage the kids to nag you about reducing your carbon footprint. Some parents who agree there is a problem still may not want this book just to avoid the nagging.
The books has all of the usual statements abut global warming and leaves out the other side, emphasizing the negative. There is a statement abut increased poison ivy and hay fever but they somehow fail to mention that increased carbon dioxide has been shown repeatedly in green house experiments and open field experiments to promote growth of virtually all plants. For instance, an open field experiment (pumping the gas into a small forest plot)showed increased tree growth, with an incidental observation that the poison ivy also grew more. This book mentions the poison ivy, but fails to note the major result, which was the increased tree growth. If most plants growth more, there probably will be more pollen and hence more hay fever, but it also means food crops gow much better and less starvation, but there is no mention of this.
Increased heat deaths if the globe if warmer are likely (especially if in an effort to prevent warming energy prices have been raised so fewer can afford air conditioning,but there is no mention of the well established fact that death rates increase every winter (flu season) and warmer winters would reduce these, and by far more than any summer increase in deaths.
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