The following is a possible list of extensions that a class may be interested in completing.

1. All Schools Discussion Board:

Students have the option to post to the All Schools Discussion Board when evaluating survey results.  Students may have questions or thoughts regarding the results.  This is the best place to post those questions and have discussion regarding district data.

2. Read New Books about Global Climate Change, both Fiction and Nonfiction:

Book List
(check with your librarian for these titles)

FICTION

Fifty Degrees Below.  Author: Robinson, Kim Stanley. New York: Bantam Books, 2005, 400 p.

Annotation: After years of denial and non-action, a near-future Earth faces a crossroad when it is threatened with the dire implications of global warming, an environmental crisis that ironically could unleash a devastating Ice Age on the planet.

Forty Signs of Rain. Author: Robinson, Kim Stanle. New York: Bantam, 2004, 544 p.

Annotation: Environmental aide Charlie Quibler is frustrated in his attempts to prove to the government that global warming has reached cataclysmic levels, a situation that is complicated when a promising technology is exploited for private interests.

 

State of Fear. Author: Crichton, Michael New York: HarperCollins, 2004, 624 p.

Annotation: An eco-thriller takes readers to such far-flung locales as Paris, Iceland, Antarctica, and the Solomon Islands.

 


NON-FICTION

An inconvenient truth. Author: Gore, Al. Rodale Press, May 2006, 328 p.

Annotation: Published to tie in to a documentary film of the same name, "An Inconvenient Truth" is Gore's battle cry about what needs to be done about global warming. 75 illustrations.

 

 

Climate of Fear: Why We Shouldn’t Worry about Global Warming. Author: Moore, Thomas Gale.  Cato Institute, 1998, 152 p.

Annotation: The book calls into question the entire campaign led by Vice President Al Gore and others to ratify the proposed treaty on global warming scheduled to be debated in the U.S. Senate early in 1998.

 

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (Revised.). Author: Gore, Al. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000 (original copyright, 1993), 416 p.

Annotation: Al Gore describes in this classic best-selling book how human actions and decisions can endanger or safeguard the vulnerable ecosystem that sustains us all.  Earth in the Balance probes the roots of the environmental crisis.

 

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Warming. Author: Tennesen, Michael. Alpha Books, 2004, 352 p.

Annotation: The time is right for this comprehensive guide separating the facts from the fiction about global warming--and how it affects ecological, sociological, and economic environments worldwide.

 

Global Warming (Opposing Viewpoints). Author: Haley, James. Greenhaven Press, 2001.

Global Warming (Contemporary Issues Companion). Author: Gaughen, Shasta. Greenhaven Press, 2004, 144 p.

Annotation: Changes in global climate and weather patterns have raised the stakes in the debate over global warming. In this anthology, authors discuss the global warming phenomenon and debate its impact on the earth. Selections also cover the consequences of global warming and suggest various ways of solving the global warming problem.

 

 

Global Warming (Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues Series). Author: Shaw, Jane S. Greenhaven Press, 2002.

Annotation: Environmental topics pervade classrooms today, but true understanding of them is elusive. All too often, subjects such as global warming, species extinction, and the role of pesticides are reduced to simple slogans because accurate information is hard to find. Yet there is enormous scientific debate about these topics. Thomas Jefferson said that "difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to truth." Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues will prepare young people to become inquiring citizens by introducing them to the scientific and economic debates that underlie environmental issues. This volume will provide readers with a range of scientific views and theories on an environmental topic and introduce facts that are sometimes ignored.

 

[NOT YET PUBLISHED] Global Warming (Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints). Author: Minkel, Dan. Greenhaven Press, September 2006.

Global Warming (Opposing Viewpoints). Author: Bily, Cynthia. Greenhaven Press, 2006, 208 p.

Annotation: Most scientists agree that temperatures near the surface of the Earth appear to be increasing, but there is controversy about what this warming might mean. This volume explores the controversy. Is it a potentially catastrophic event caused by humans or simply a natural and harmless fluctuation such as Earth has seen before? Should governments take steps, including those described by the Kyoto Protocols, to slow down Global Warming -- and would these steps be effective?

Global Warming (Writing the Critical Essay: An Opposing Viewpoints Guide). Author: Williams, Mary E. Greenhaven Press, February 2006, 96 p.

Annotation: Selections examine the potential effects of global warming and whether the predictions about worldwide climate change are accurate. In addition, model essays and guided writing exercises assist students as they compose their own cause-and-effect analyses.

Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths. Author: Bailey, Ronald. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 2002, 423 p.

Annotation: According to a number of leading scientists from around the world, members of the environmental movement are guilty of twisting—sometimes manufacturing—the facts in an effort to frighten people into joining their cause.  In this eye-opening book, some of the most respected researchers in the country explode the myths behind much of the doom and gloom of today's environmental movement.

Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate: How Truth Became Controversial. Author: Mathiesen, M Mihkel. Universe Star, 2004, 208 p.

Annotation: Based on the latest scientific findings, "Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate" contains densely packed information never before published in a format accessible to the non-scientist. With the forgiving veil of political correctness lifted, the roles of advocacy groups, bureaucracies, politicians, industry, the legal profession, and career-conscious scientists are examined. Mathiesen particularly scrutinizes the media.

Global Warming: Personal Solutions for a Healthy Planet. Author: Spence, Chris. Palgrave MacMillan, 2005, 191 p.

Annotation: Global warming is the greatest environmental threat facing humanity. From killer heat waves and increasingly violent weather to the spread of pests and vector-borne diseases, global warming has many effects on our lives. While some are positive, most are negative. People fear potentially catastrophic consequences but there is a disturbing lack of understanding about global warming and what can be done about it. "Global Warming breaks through the jargon, offering readers both a clear description of the problem and a practical guide to solutions, from decreasing reliance on automobiles to increased recycling to political activism. It offers hope that each of us can be doing something to solve the problem and encourages us to act--not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren.

Is Global Warming a Threat? (At Issue). Author: Williams, Mary E. Greenhaven Press, 2002, 90 p.

Annotation: While scientists and environmentalists agree that global warming is occurring, some researchers dispute the claim that it will cause catastrophic climate change. Contributors debate whether recent global warming is driven by human industrial activities and whether rising temperatures threaten the world's environment, economy, and health

Hot Talk Cold Science: Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate. Author: Singer, S Fred. Independent Institute, 2002, 120 p.

Annotation: Are the often alarming claims about global warming based on science and justified by the facts? Is the human race really facing a major crisis due to emissions from fossil fuels? Would the proposed Climate Treaty solve a real environmental threat or would it create worldwide economic and social harm?
S. Fred Singer is a distinguished astrophysicist who has taken a hard, scientific look at the evidence. In this new book, Dr. Singer explores the inaccuracies in historical climate data, the limitations of attempting to model climate on computers, solar variability and its impact on climate, the effects of clouds, ocean currents, and sea levels on global climate, and factors that could mitigate any human impacts on world climate. According to Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, "Hot Talk, Cold Science dares to point out that "the Emperor has no clothes."

The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850. Author: Fagan, Brian M. Basic Books, 2001, 246 p.

Annotation: This Pulitzer Prize-winning treatise explores patterns and symbols in the disciplines of mathematics, art, and musical composition.  The Little Ice Age tells the story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history, how this altered climate affected historical events, and what it means for today's global warming. Building on research that has only recently confirmed that the world endured a 500-year cold snap, renowned archaeologist Brian Fagan shows how the increasing cold influenced familiar events from Norse exploration to the settlement of North America to the Industrial Revolution.

Man-Made Global Warming: Unravelling a Dogma. Author: Labohm, Hans. Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd., 2004, 200 p.

Annotation: The existence of global warming and the effectiveness of the Kyoto Treaty are challenged in this controversial study. Contemporary research on changes in the earth's temperature is evaluated, and the contention is made that the evidence scientists use to show the presence of global warming is not strong enough to scientifically prove that human made global warming exists. The effectiveness of the Kyoto Treaty in countering human made global warming is also disputed by showing that reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases fails to affect worldwide environmental change and squanders valuable resources.

  [NOT YET PUBLISHED] Safe Trip to Eden: 10 Steps to Save the Planet Earth from the Global Warming Meltdown. Author: Steinman, David. Thunder’s Mouth Press, December 2006, 300 p.

Silent Spring. Author: Carson, Rachel. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002, 400 p.

Annotation: First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations . . . well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Peter Matthiessen, for Time"s 100 Most Influential People of the Century). This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson’s watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson’s courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964.

Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming.

Author: Grant, Tim. New Society Publishers, 2001, 74 p.

Annotation: This exciting resource provides educators at all grade levels with strategies to teach about global warming and engage students; interest in doing their part to help cool the planet. Compiled from the pages of North America's leading environmental education journal," Teaching About Climate Change" is packed with lesson plans, activities, experiments, and worksheets. From calculating your school's CO2 emissions and Greenhouse experiments, to strategies for reducing school energy and supply consumption, this compendium provides the tools to get any classroom or community involved in making their school cool.

The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. Author: Flannery, Tim. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006, 357 p.

Annotation: Both an urgent warning and a call to arms, "The Weather Makers" outlines the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what people can do to prevent a cataclysmic future.

Why Geography Matters. Author: de Blij, Harm. Oxford University Press, 2005, 288 p.

Annotation: Making an urgent call to restore geography to America's educational curriculum, a renowned geographer shows how and why the U.S. has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence and explains how this illiteracy is a direct risk to America's national security.

You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money)!: 51 Easy Ways. Author Langholz, Jeffrey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003, 256 p.

Annotation: 51 Easy Ways You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!) converts public concern into positive action, providing simple, everyday things you can do to minimize global warming-and save yourself money at the same time! Global warming may seem like an overwhelming and insurmountable problem. But there are easy things you can do around your home, in your backyard, and with your automobile that will help the planet and your pocketbook.

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