Cover of Is Our Planet Warming Up?
Book 484 General Science 1991
Why Are Whales Vanishing? Why is the Air Dirty?
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In Is Our Planet Warming Up?, Isaac Asimov describes the greenhouse effect and how it may cause temperatures to rise all over the Earth.

For general information on the “Ask Isaac Asimov” series, see What Is a Shooting Star?

On the whole, the environmental books in the “Ask Isaac Asimov” series fare better with me than the astronomical books; perhaps this is because Asimov doesn’t cover environmental issues elsewhere for young children except in the relatively obscure Earth: Our Crowded Spaceship. As a result, I’m a bit less resentful of the incredible cost of this particular book and actually enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to an elementary school student with an interest in the subject.

This extremely brief book on the greenhouse effect is excellent for its target audience—but the general reader will find nothing here that a brief glance at Asimov’s New Guide to Science wouldn’t provide except all the pretty pictures. I’d personally prefer not reading it again, but I don’t find it actively offensive.

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