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Cartoon Guide To The Environment [Paperback]

Larry Gonick
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Book Description

March 21 1996

Do you think that the Ozone Hole is a grunge rock club? Or that the Food Web is an online restaurant guide? Or that the Green Revolution happened in Greenland? Then you need The Cartoon Guide to the Environment to put you on the road to environmental literacy.

The Cartoon Guide to the Environment covers the main topics of environmental science: chemical cycles, life communities, food webs, agriculture, human population growth, sources of energy and raw materials, waste disposal and recycling, cities, pollution, deforestation, ozone depletion, and global warming -- and puts them in the context of ecology, with discussions of population dynamics, thermodynamics, and the behavior of complex systems.


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YA?Using the ecological collapse of Easter Island as an example of a failing environment, the authors present the historical, scientific, and ethical backgrounds to the environmental challenges faced currently, and in the near future, by all humanity. Nothing less than the fate of life on Earth lies in the balance, which makes for an engrossing plot, made more poignant by the scientific research and data that back it up. Black-and-white cartoons clearly explain, define, and graphically display terms, events, and situations. They also impart both an awareness of the destructive behavior of humankind and its consequences while imparting a sense of hope for the future. The foreword, the brief notations dispersed throughout the drawings, and the bibliography provide information about sources used in formulating the book. Gonick's humor helps to lighten the dark realization of what is happening to the Earth. Teens will be drawn to the format, the short chapters, and the drama of the our planet's fate, a potentially frightening scenario that should motivate more research about the environment.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for over thirty years -- he wrote his first guide in 1971: Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform. He has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For kids AND adults April 17 1999
Format:Paperback
Kids will tend to ignore this book because it is too serious for a comic book and they will believe it is a klutzy attempt by adults to sneak up on kids with something educational. They are mistaken. Adults may, with a glance, dismiss this book as being for kids. They should know better. It is a systematic approach using pictures and limited captions to explain the basics of environmental science. It also uses Gonick's humor, sometimes-- ahem-- mature humor, and charming cartoonery.
Not as good perhaps as some of Gonick's other works-- due to limitations posed by a difficult topic for him to do-- it is still pure Gonick and worth the money and worth keeping (or giving to a kid or adult).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to teach science! Sept. 27 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a great book with which to teach science. It gets and keeps the attention of teenagers who have the attention span of a gnat. Each chapter is a great overview and summation of a unit that I teach at some time during the year.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Serving the GW Conservative Agenda May 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Great disappointment... particularly on Global Warming. The author should drop the cheap quasi-scientific bubbles of the conservative anti-GW establishment and go read some real science. Less science should not "balance" good science merely to serve petty political correctness. I recommend to the author attention to the frequent publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
1 star for the cartoon work.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For kids AND adults April 17 1999
By hharper@valdosta.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Kids will tend to ignore this book because it is too serious for a comic book and they will believe it is a klutzy attempt by adults to sneak up on kids with something educational. They are mistaken. Adults may, with a glance, dismiss this book as being for kids. They should know better. It is a systematic approach using pictures and limited captions to explain the basics of environmental science. It also uses Gonick's humor, sometimes-- ahem-- mature humor, and charming cartoonery.
Not as good perhaps as some of Gonick's other works-- due to limitations posed by a difficult topic for him to do-- it is still pure Gonick and worth the money and worth keeping (or giving to a kid or adult).
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to teach science! Sept. 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book with which to teach science. It gets and keeps the attention of teenagers who have the attention span of a gnat. Each chapter is a great overview and summation of a unit that I teach at some time during the year.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Environmental Science and Cartoons Sept. 27 2005
By B. C. Bodas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book as a break from the normal Environmental science textbooks. A funny and informative look at many of the key ideas and concepts related to environmental science. Many of the cartoons are also useful for teaching biological science. Don't be fooled, some of the cartoons demonstrate fairly advanced ideas, but in a humerous and entertaining fashion.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, fun-to-learn comic book. Aug. 11 2005
By Time Traveller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rarely do I post anything on the web, but I feel obligated to do so now in defense of this author. Global Warming is covered on pages 64, 201-3, and 207 as listed in the index. Ozone Depletion, page 199 & Acid Rain, page 198.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great year end review for APES Sept. 18 2005
By T. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Plan on having students buy this and using it as an APES exam review in May.
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