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A preview of Our Changing Climate

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch's How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming (Dawn Publications, 2008), a book on climate change aimed at readers in grades 4 through 8. The preview consists of a discussion of how scientists — and kids! — are investigating changes in bird migration and flower budding in response to climate change, as well as a discussion of the reader's "climate footprint" ("the amount of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases you create as you go about your life day to day") and ways to minimize it.

The reviewer for School Library Journal wrote, in a starred review, "Cherry and Braasch introduce readers to scientists around the world whose research contributes to an understanding of the causes and consequences of global warming. They also describe the work of citizen scientists, including children, whose observations contribute to knowledge about important changes that are occurring. ... The book's wide-ranging exploration of scientific studies and the encouragement to people of every age to become citizen scientists and active participants for change make this a valuable purchase."