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Laurie David is devoted to stopping global warming. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and has produced several projects that aim to bring global warming to public attention, including the TBS Earth to America! comedy special, the HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle, and Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. She was voted Glamour's Woman of the Year for 2006. Laurie lives with her husband and their two daughters in Los Angeles, California.

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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Even the reviews are making us think! Oct. 6 2007
By P. Simonds - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't help noticing that reviews of this book mirror the controversy surrounding this topic. And that's a good thing. (I also can't help noticing what feels like a coordinated attack based on a single technical error, as if that discredited the fundamental science behind this book's premise, which no serious scientist doubts.) In my household, this wonderfully written, funny, accessible and very important book has led to lots of healthy discussions about our world -- and our own household. Suddenly my kids -- 10 and 7 -- are talking and thinking about electricity and water usage, recycling, gas mileage, thermostat settings, and even the great outdoors itself, in ways they never did before. I'm glad this book has people talking, because, as the book points out, the solutions to this problem will make us stronger as a people, and there's much more danger in doing -- or saying -- nothing.
66 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Incorrect Critical Charts Sept. 28 2007
By John Green - Published on
Format: Paperback
Readers should be aware that the the first editions of this book contain a chart (page 18 ) of the past 650,000 years that shows that CO2 emissions rose BEFORE global temperatures. In fact, the chart is reversed - CO2 emissions did rise, but only hundreds (in some cases thousands) of years AFTER temperature rises. For some reason the chart lines are backwards.

Scholastic is planning to issue a revised version with an updated chart, but there will be no revision to the text of the book, which references and explains the chart. I don't know that most kids will notice that the chart does not support the argument, but an important subject like this should be accurate in all details.

With such inaccuracies I do not recommend the book. Explain global warming to your children yourself - and be sure and use accurate information!
Easy level view of the subject Feb. 13 2013
By Alan Stringer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book covered all the basics of Global Warming without overwhelming the reader. Good for school children and adult readers too.
Excellent Book May 22 2014
By Rachel - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very explainatory yet not too complicated. Great teaching tool for any age. Very easy and quick read. It is very informative.
Cute book on global warming. July 1 2014
By H. F. Hager - Published on
Format: Paperback
Colorful book that presents a complex topic in easy to understand manner.