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Chicago: Green Roofs Make the City Cooler


In summer, cities are hotter than surrounding rural areas because tall buildings and paved streets soak up and hold in the sun’s heat. One way to deal with rising temperatures is to plant gardens on tops of buildings. Here is a slide show of rooftop gardens in the city of Chicago. These green oases […]

Warmer World Book Trailer!


Habitats on the Move


As the world grows warmer, plants and animals sometimes have to move to find cooler habitats.  In Arizona, the rare Mt. Graham red squirrel lives in mountain forests above 8,500 feet.  Now climate change threatens its survival. If the climate grows warmer, the forests will change and force the squirrels to adapt or go extinct. […]

art and science


I met Isabelle Cadene at a book event recently. She showed me her sketchbook and other work she’s proud of. How fantastic to meet another artist interested in the environment! The above art by Isabelle won 1st place in the Computer Graphics category of the 2012 Marine Art Contest for the 20th anniversary of the […]

World Oceans Day!


Celebrate World Oceans Day today! Go here to find out what’s happening near you. I live and work on the edge of the ocean, and my daughter crosses Casco Bay twice a day to go to school. My way of celebrating this day is to walk along the beach and pick up any plastic or […]

the value of trees


How much is a tree worth? Author Caroline Arnold found a brilliant answer to this question while visiting Chicago recently. In celebration of Arbor Day in 2011, the Morton Arboretum tagged hundreds of trees in Illinois with the dollar amount each tree will give back to the community in environmental and socio-economic benefits over the […]

The Island President


Don’t tell President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives that you cannot stop Global Warming.  One man making a difference…  

No Poles for the Dinosaurs


We thank the fine folks at Archimedes Notebook for interviewing A Warmer World author, Caroline Arnold on their “hands-on science exploration for children and their parents” website. “Arnold started thinking about this book a few years ago when she was writing about pterosaurs. “I found an article describing the discovery in Antarctica of both dinosaur […]

mapping ideas


I’ve always been drawn to maps. They are full of strange shapes and colors and represent distant places or maybe the back yard. We’ve had lots of fun looking at Google Maps. The ability to zoom in and out provides a certain kind of magic. Have you ever drawn a map of your day? Or […]

Are you a Bigfoot in disguise?


This curious artifact was spotted at the International Cryptozoology  Museum in Portland, Maine. Bigfoot could actually serve as a handy mascot for the concerns around climate change. Plenty of people don’t believe such a creature exists, and yet others do. Many people don’t think climate change is happening, while others do. Whatever your persuasion, let’s […]