We are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change

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Candlewick Press, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 303 pages
Every young person who cares about preserving the planet needs to know what’s inside this book — and follow the authors’ call to action.

First published for an adult readership, THE WEATHER MAKERS received critical kudos for its solid science and powerful message. Now this accessible new edition speaks directly to young adults, offering a clear look at the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next
century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Here is an immediate and hard-hitting look backward — and forward — in climate history, bolstered by models and projections of current data. It includes interviews with people whose livelihoods have been directly affected by climate change, as well as individuals who make new technology and renewable resources a part of daily life. Newly featured are twenty-five practical tips that give readers the tools for living a greener lifestyle — at home, in school, in the community, and ultimately, on Earth.
 

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Contents

Earth and the Carbon Connection
3
The Ocean in the Sky
10
Layers in Earths atmosphere and what is in the air we breathe
20
C01 in a positivefeedback loop in carbon sinks and as absorbed
26
Milankovitchs theory of glaciation based on Earths till
35
Correlating events in the geologic record to environmental
48
Examining anclent evidence for shifts between Ice ages
59
Obtaining and burning fossil fuels
68
predicting Earths climatic future
172
Fleeing Climate Change
178
Migration or extinction of flora and fauna
184
Collapse of the Gulf Stream collapse of the Amazon rain forest
194
Relationship of climate variability to population size
202
Causes and health effects of a hole in the ozone and how
208
Setting limits on C01 emissions the U S stance
217
Engineering Solutions
230

Endangered Habitats
71
Peril at the Poles
86
Choose Green Power
95
Carol bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef
104
Liquid Gold Changes in Rainfall
116
Floods and droughts in Africas Sahel Southwest Australia
123
EnergySmart Schools 1 38
138
Sea level rise caused by thermal expansion melting sea ice
151
of extinction?
157
So Whats the Story with Fuel?
237
Oil to natural gas to hydrogen and effects on carbon emissions
243
Sustainable renewable energy sources
249
Expense risks and disposal of nuclear waste geothermal energy
255
Your First Set of Wheels
264
Source Notes
281
Bibliography
289
Credits
298
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About the author (2009)

Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, conservationist, and author. A contributor to the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW and THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, he is also a familiar voice on ABC Radio, NPR, and the BBC. He lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Sally M. Walker is the author of more than fifty nonfiction books, including SECRETS OF A CIVIL WAR SUBMARINE, winner of both the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and WRITTEN IN BONE: BURIED LIVES OF JAMESTOWN AND COLONIAL MARYLAND. She lives in Dekalb, Illinois.

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