We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change

We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change


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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 got kudos for its solid science and powerful message. 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. Featured are twenty-five practical tips for living a greener lifestyle—at home, in school, in the community, and ultimately, on Earth.
Back matter includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763646561
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 451,449
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Buzz about Global Warming xi

Part 1 Earth and the Carbon Connection 1

Chapter 1 Earth's Carbon Cycle and You 3

Carbon as one of the keys to controlling Earth's atmosphere

Call to Action: Lead the Green Charge 9

Chapter 2 The Ocean in the Sky 10

Layers in Earth's atmosphere and what is in the air we breathe

Call to Action: Energy Star 20

Chapter 3 The Greenhouse Story 21

CO2 in a positive-feedback loop, in carbon sinks, and as absorbed in the ocean

Call to Action: Start a Low-Carbon Car Diet Today 29

Chapter 4 A Grand Discovery 31

Milankovitch's theory of glaciation based on Earth's tilt, orbit, and wobble

Call to Action: Happy (Green) Holidays! 38

Chapter 5 Time's Gateways 40

Correlating events in the geologic record to environmental evidence found in ancient rock and ice cores

Call to Action: Plug the Leaks 48

Chapter 6 Markers of Change 49

Examining ancient evidence for shifts between ice ages and warm interglacial periods

Call to Action: The Sweater Test 59

Chapter 7 An Energy Blast from the Past 60

Obtaining and burning fossil fuels

Call to Action: Reduce the Hidden Oil in Your Life 68

Part 2 Endangered Habitats 71

Chapter 8 The Unraveling World 73

Julia Cole's magic gates mark changes in the patterns of EI Niños and La Niña, wind and water currents, and ecosystems on land

Call to Action: Time to See the Light 84

Chapter 9 Peril at the Poles 86

Changing ecosystems in the Antarctic and Arctic and effects on animal populations

Interview: Testament to Environmental Changes on Baffin Island 90

Call to Action: Choose Green Power 95

Chapter 10 Australia's Great Stumpy Reef? 96

Coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef

Call to Action: Urge Local Businesses to See the Light 104

Chapter 11 A Warning from the Golden Toad 106

Evidence of climate-induced extinctions from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica

Call to Action: Save the Animals 114

Chapter 12 Liquid Gold: Changes in Rainfall 116

Floods and droughts in Africa's Sahel, Southwest Australia, and the American West

Call to Action: Eat Locally 127

Chapter 13 Weather Gone Wild 128

The tropopause and extreme-weather events 128

Interview: Katrina Survivor Now Takes Hurricane Warnings Seriously 132

Call to Action: Energy-Smart Schools 138

Chapter 14 The Rising Ocean 139

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? 151

Chapter 15 Leveling the Mountains 152

Climbing temperatures, climbing habitats—what is the height of extinction? 152

Call to Action: The Phantom in Your House 157

Part 3 What's to Come? 159

Chapter 16 Model Worlds 161

Global circulation models and the science and accuracy of predicting Earth's climatic future

Call to Action: Computer Conservation 172

Chapter 17 A Dangerous Commitment 173

Can Earth's climate be stabilized?

Call to Action: Use Recycled Paper 177

Chapter 18 Fleeing Climate Change 178

Migration or extinction of flora and fauna

Call to Action: Stop the Junk Mail 184

Chapter 19 Three Tipping Points 185

Collapse of the Gulf Stream, collapse of the Amazon rain forest, and methane release from the seafloor

Call to Action: Celebrate Arbor Day 194

Chapter 20 Civilization: Big City versus Small Town 195

Relationship of climate variability to population size and sustainability

Call to Action: Stop Pouring Energy Down the Drain 202

Chapter 21 The Ozone Hole: A Success Story 204

Causes and health effects of a hole in the ozone and how the Montreal Protocol worked

Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard—Make Your Vote Count 210

Chapter 22 The Kyoto Protocol 212

Setting limits on CO2 emissions, the U.S. stance, and the cost of doing nothing 212

Call to Action: Can It! 220

Chapter 23 What to Believe? 222

Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Interview: Building a Portable, Eco-Friendly House 223

Call to Action: Read, Learn, Decide 229

Chapter 24 Engineering Solutions 230

Geosequestration, coal gasification, sustainable agriculture, and animal husbandry

Call to Action: Bag That Bag! 235

Chapter 25 So What's the Story with Fuel? 237

Oil to natural gas to hydrogen and effects on carbon emissions

Call to Action: Time to Hang Out 243

Chapter 26 Soar with the Wind—Bask in the Sun 244

Sustainable renewable energy sources

Call to Action: A Tip from Down Under 250

Chapter 27 What about Nuclear? 251

Expense, risks, and disposal of nuclear waste; geothermal energy alternative

Call to Action: The Virgin Earth Challenge: $25 Million Prize 258

Chapter 28 Hybrids, MiniCATS, and Contrails 259

Decarbonizing our transportation systems

Call to Action: Your First Set of Wheels 264

Chapter 29 We Took Action 265

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action 266

Portsmouth Abbey School 269

The Seattle Public Library 273

Northern Illinois University 276

Source Notes 281

Bibliography 289

Credits 298

Index 300

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We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
WE ARE THE WEATHER MAKERS is a great book for pre-teens and teens to learn about our climate and how it is changing. Starting out with how the carbon cycle works and how to learn to offset your carbon footprint, to sustainable energy sources such as the sun and wind power - this book covers it all. If you want to teach your children to be responsible and help fix our ailing planet, then this book is for you. Filled with a lot of information and examples of ways that other kids have helped make a change, it is a great tool for either the classroom or at home.