Hothouse earth – PDF
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About the Author
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.
As hurricanes, droughts, floods, and wildfires are increasing in regularity and intensity, climate change can no longer be ignored. Melting permafrost, forest dieback, ocean acidification, and other processes are creating positive feedback loops which could, if not aggressively and quickly addressed, spiral out of control and take global warming past the point of no return.
Hothouse Earth examines how science, politics, and social justice must all be part of the equation to counteract climate change.
From School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-This title explores climate change in an accessible yet slightly academic way and will help students understand the causes and consequences of this issue.
McPherson does a fantastic job of breaking down the science behind global warming and climate change.
She uses examples that spotlight real people in different parts of the world. The language can be challenging but is not overwhelming or inaccessible.
McPherson connects climate change to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which many schools are currently exploring.
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This aspect of the work could allow educators to use the book for more than one class. The reading level and subject are perfect for middle school students. The text could be used as a reference source or it could be read cover-to-cover without feeling tedious.
VERDICT A great addition to middle school libraries, particularly in schools that are incorporating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in their curriculums.-Carol Youssif, Taipei American Sch., Taiwanα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
«This attractive offering considers climate change through scientific, political, and personal responsibility lenses. Chapters are divided into manageable blocks of text, and pages are filled with photos, charts, graphs, maps, and insets set off in blocks of color.
The informational material weaves in personal anecdotes, often featuring tweens and young adults. Their stories are fresh and up-to-date, creating a vibe of immediacy and emphasizing the need for action.
An entire chapter is devoted to young environmental activists, including Greta Thunberg, clean-water advocate Autumn Peltier, Zero Hour founder Jamie Margolin, and Kelsey Juliana, a teen who filed a federal lawsuit to ban government use and promotion of fossil fuels. Various lists provide reasonable, relatable suggestions for becoming politically active and making lifestyle changes to reduce personal carbon footprints.
Back matter includes a time line, glossary, chapter notes, bibliography, and recommendations for further reading and research. Current through 2020 (there are references to the Green New Deal and COVID-19), this will come in handy for report writers and help keep STEM collections current.»―Booklist
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