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What Are Global Warming and Climate Change?: Answers for Young Readers (Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers) Hardcover – August 16, 2010

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Using a question-and-answer format supplemented by hands-on activities, this book fosters an understanding of the complex processes at work in global warming and climate change.

About the Author

Chuck McCutcheon is an award-winning journalist and author living and working in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Series: Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers
  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826347452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826347459
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What Are Global Warming and Climate Change?: Answers for Young Readers" presents updated information based on scientific observations about why the temperatures of Earth's atmosphere and oceans are rising. Presented in a question and answer format that parallels findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes, conclusions indicate that global warming trends observed in the past 50 years are due to human impact/activity, and that impact is "significantly negative." Using a variety of resources and filled with hands-on learning activities related to the phenomena of global warming, "What Are Global Warming and Climate Change?" is an empowering educational effort with far-reaching impact, also a distinguished part of the Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers.
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Kids aren't born environmentally conscious; they beg for fast food, take showers that are too long, and always want to drive instead of bike --or at least mine do, anyway. They don't understand that our daily activities have an impact on the planet, and their young and developing minds can't easily grasp the complicated science underlying that concept. Thankfully I have "What Are Global Warming and Climate Change? Answers for Young Readers" to make the connection for me. This beautiful book lays out the evidence for global warming and climate change in a clear, compelling, format, and answers many related questions kids may have as well, like, "Will all this mean I'll get a suntan in winter?" Kids will also love the sharp photos and graphics. I've really enjoyed flipping through this book with my sons, and have learned a ton myself in the process. I highly recommend this book for kids (and adults) everywhere.
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I found Mr. McCutcheon's book to be quite objective. The subject is still somewhat controversial, but he is able to make the case while acknowledging arguments from those that remain non-believers. His introduction: "What's This Book About" lays out his message. He discusses climate, weather and the greenhouse effect, and then moves on to what will eventually happen if we don't change our ways. No book on the subject would be complete without a discussion of politics, which he deftly handles. He wraps it up with a discussion of what people are doing and what we can do to reduce our contributions to Global Warming. He includes a comprehensive Glossary and presents information in both English Units (feet, degrees Fahrenheit, etc.) and Metric Units (meters, degrees Celsius, etc.). He also lists many web sites for additional information or to learn more about the subject--for example, how to calculate your carbon-footprint. There is enough material in this thin (103 pp) volume to keep the interest of parents who will be called on to discuss many of Chuck's points. I found the book educational and entertaining. It is definitely worth a read for the kids in your household.
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Chuck McCutcheon has done a real service by writing this clear, brisk, easy-to-read guide to climate change. It patiently walks the reader through all of the basics, like how greenhouse gases work, and then builds naturally to how human activities are changing the planet. It's hard to explain the science in non-technical, non-boring terms, but McCutcheon makes it look like the easiest thing in the world. This book is written for middle-school students, but it's a good read for grownups who want to understand the subject better, too.
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I gave this book to my 10-year-old daughter who was very interested in the topic, and she loved it and talked about it for weeks to family and friends. This fascinating and very well written book manages to make a very complex topic extremely accessible and engaging for all ages. As a surprise bonus, my daughter used the knowledge she gained about the risks of potential flooding to finally convince her younger brother to take the plunge and learn to swim. Despite many attempts to teach him, that was apparently the motivation he needed, as he taught himself to swim within a few days.
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