Synopses & Reviews
Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures. It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey teamand#8212;the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhartand#8212;is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into a
large database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming? and#160;
“When it comes to global warming and whether or not it’s being caused by human actions the verdict is in. There is no reasonable doubt.” Heos (Stronger than Silk) doesn’t mince words in this self described “call to action” as she clearly and effectively details the greenhouse effect the ice ages and mass extinctions of Earth’s history the scientific evidence behind climate change the ways human activities contributes to it and the politicization of the topic. Between chapters “Be the Change” pages gather tips for those interested in reducing their own environmental impact particularly where emissions are concerned (eat less meat purchase more used goods). Well researched and comprehensible it’s an alarming but never alarmist examination of a critical topic. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kelly Sonnack Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"The full-color photographs are nothing short of stunning."--School Library Journal "An informative, vicarious trip to the Arctic for polar bear enthusiasts and future scientists."--Booklist
This hard-hitting look at climate change tackles the past, present, and future of global warming, examining the effects it's having across the world, the politics behind denial, and the ways in which we can all work to lessen the harsh effects of our warming world. Perfect for young environmentalists looking to learn about the ways in which we can take action against global warming.
Tackling the issue of global warming head-on for a teen audience, Bridget Heos examines the science behind it, the history of climate change on our planet, and the ways in which humans have affected the current crisis we face. It’s Getting Hot in Here illustrates how interconnected we are not just with everyone else on the planet, but with the people who came before us and the ones who will inherit the planet after us. This eye-opening approach to one of today’s most pressing issues focuses on the past human influences, the current state of affairs, the grim picture for the future—and how young readers can help to make a positive change.
About the Author
Peter Lourie is the author and photographer of Whaling Season,
which received two starred reviews,and#160;and The Manatee Scientists
.and#160; Peter lives inand#160;Vermont with his family and he is an avid traveler.and#160; Heand#160;visited Alaska numerous times to write and shoot photos forand#160;Theand#160;Polar Bear Scientists
and has been traveling to Africa to work on his next book about theand#160;Leakey family.
Visit Peterand#160;Lourie's website at http://www.peterlourie.com/and#160;.