Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate-And How Humans Are Changing Them (Hardcover)

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From an American hero and dedicated scientist: A compelling introduction to the changes taking place in Earth's climate, written for the audience that matters most to our planet's future.

Beginning with Sally Ride's unique, astronaut's-eye view of Earth's fragile atmosphere, "Mission: Planet Earth" describes how water, air, and other climate systems shape our world, and how a disruption in one part of the system can spread through the entire planet. Drawing on the latest scientific research and presenting a clear, even-handed account of the current state of climate studies, illustrated with helpful diagrams and stunning photographs of and from the front lines of climate change, here is a celebration of Earth's natural complexity--and a call to action for a new generation.

About the Author

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983, when she flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger on NASA's seventh space shuttle mission. Over her career as an astronaut she logged more than 343 hours in space. She was a professor at San Diego University and the Director of the California Space Institute. Sally Ride lived in southern California.

Tam O'Shaughnessy is an Emeritus Professor of School Psychology at San Diego State University. A former biology teacher, she has guided the creation of over 75 science and STEM career books for young readers, as well as written 13 books for children, six of which she coauthored with Sally Ride. These include "Mission: Planet Earth" as well as "The Third Planet", which won the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award. Tam is also the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of San Diego-based Sally Ride Science, a company that creates programs and publications to inspire young people-especially girls-to stick with science as they go through school. Her most recent book, "Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America's Pioneering Woman in Space", provides an intimate portrait of her life and business partner, Sally Ride.

Praise For…

“The authors have an extensive background in science education, and their text exhibits an excellent balance of concept thoroughness with ease of comprehension.” —School Library Journal

“The narrative’s tone is less alarmist than most recent looks at global warming, but still threaded with lively language . . . and well stocked with both recent scientific findings and big, clear color photos.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596433106
ISBN-10: 1596433108
Publisher: Flash Point
Publication Date: March 17th, 2009
Pages: 80
Language: English