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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Review: Atmospheric - The Burning Story of Climate Change

Atmospheric is written by Carole Wilkinson, who is well known for books like the Dragon Keeper series and the Ramose series, amongst many others. This particular title is part of a non-fiction history series called The Drum. It shares one of her passions, a concern for our climate and what we are doing to it.

“Over the past few decades, weather has become the most important topic in the world …. The weather has started a global debate.”

Atmospheric is a discussion of climate change and the history of our environment. It distills a complex subject into small chunks that are easy to read and understand. It’s filled with information from diverse sources (referenced at the back of the book), and complemented by a timeline, glossary, recommended websites, and numerous photos, diagrams, and sidebars.

Each chapter starts with a short fictional story. These introduce readers to the issues and important points in time, by putting them right in the middle of them, allowing them to participate in experiences: a modern-day climate change rally, a young boy’s first trip down into a coal mine in 1843, a student global warming conference at the United Nations General Assembly, and so on. The stories are followed by factual information about greenhouse gases, fossil fuels, scientific discoveries, the Kyoto Protocol, alternative energy sources, and so much more.

Atmospheric is a thought-provoking and accessible book. Read it, consider the issues, and act accordingly.

Title: Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change (The Drum)
Author: Carole Wilkinson
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925126372
For ages: 12+
Type: Non-fiction

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