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Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth: For Earthlings Ages 12 to 120


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Too often the term "sustainable living" carries ponderous overtones, as if only government policymakers or serious academics could understand the key ideas. Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth explains the Earth's cycles in a lively and colorful way that is comprehensible to Earthlings who are normal curious citizens of the planet, including students of all ages.
Providing a remarkably accessible introduction to the scientific discipline known as "systems theory," Dr. Art describes the three main components that comprise existence on Earth--matter, energy, and life. Next he explains the reciprocal loops that define "Earth's operating system"--matter cycles, energy flows, and life webs. The Earth continuously receives energy from the sun, which directly or indirectly fuels all our vital processes, then leaves the planet as heat that flows to outer space. Dr. Art celebrates the vast and intricate network of relationships that connect the planet's organisms with each other and with the cycles of matter and flows of energy. The book concludes with practical advice about what we can actually do to live in environmentally healthy communities.
The portrait of the planet presented here is one that provides a foundation for the world view of Chelsea Green's Beyond the Limits and Believing Cassandra. This is not "Sustainable Living for Dummies" or even "Sustainable Living Lite," but rather a colorful, entertaining, and memorable introduction to a subject we all need to understand better--how our planet works.
"Dr. Art" Sussman is a scientist and nationally acclaimed educator who teaches complex environmental concepts in ways that are meaningful, innovative, and fun. He has performed his "Environmental Medicine Show" for students and teachers throughout the country. Through Dr. Art's book, interactive show, and related Web sites, many more people will learn about the primary systems that govern a complex planet.
The Children's Book Council has selected the Chelsea Green publication Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth as an "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children for 2001." This award is the result of a cooperative project between the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children's Book Council. Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth was also highlighted as a "Selector's Choice," a designation for books to which the review panelists responded with particular enthusiasm. The Children's Book Council publishes the full list in the March 2001 issue of the NSTA publication "Science and Children," and displays copies of the selected books at meetings and conventions around the country.


Presents easy-to-understand principles that explain how the Earth works and what we can do to restore the planet, globally and locally.

About the Author

Dr. Art Sussman is a biochemist by training who has worked as an educator and curriculum designer for over twenty years. He is the director of WestEd Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Science and Mathematics Education, a federally funded project that helps coordinate educational reform throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. He is also a partner in EETAP, the nation's largest federally funded environmental education project. Dr. Art lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introducing Planet Earth
Earth is Whole
Systems within Systems within Systems
The Earth System
Earth's Matter
Earth's Energy
Earth's Life Three Principles
Book Overview
Chapter 2 - Matter Cycles
Earth's Solid Stuff
The Rock Cycle
Earth's Liquid Stuff
The Water Cycle
Earth's Gas Stuff
The Carbon Cycle
Today's Carbon Cycle
Chapter 3 - Energy Flows
Earth's Energy
Part of a Larger System
Energy from the Sun
The Greenhouse Effect
Earth's Internal Energy
Earth's Energy Budget
Chapter 4 - Life Webs
A Living Planet
Watching Earth Breathe
Who is in the Web?
Ecosystems and Feedback Loops
Shredding the Web
Chapter 5 - Think Globally
Save the Planet?
The Ozone Layer
Climate Change
Ice Age or Hot House?
Chapter 6 - Act Locally
Healthy Air, Water & Food
The Three R's
Local Ecosystems
What About Energy?
What Can I Do?
Making a Difference
Not the End

Product Details

For Earthlings Ages 12 and 120
Koike, Emiko-Rose
Sussman, Art
Koike, Emiko
Young, Susan M.
Koike, Emiko-Rose
West Ed
White River Junction, Vt. :
Science & Technology - Environmental Science & Ecology
Children's 12-Up - Science
Environmental sciences
Children's 12-Up - Environmental Studies
Science & Technology / Environmental Science & Technology Ecology
Science & Nature - Environmental Science & Eco Logy
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