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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

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  • Using Cartoons to Explain Climate Change

    We thought that the 25th anniversary of Earth Day would be a good day to share this review. Klein, Grady, and Yoram Bauman. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change. (Illus.) Washington, DC: Island Press, 2014. This book provides a balanced analysis of climate change and fossil fuel use in cartoon form. What's not to like? The authors express deep concerns about what the future holds if we do not change our fossil fuel consumption behaviors, but they do an excellent job of presenting data and evidence about a highly polarized issue and allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Humor eases the way for personal contemplation of serious issues. Some of the many complex concepts addressed...      Read more...
  • Climate Change and Fall Plantings

    If you were thinking about planting a tree this Fall using the revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map , here's some important news for you: warming temperatures may have already made it obsolete! The Zone Map predicts which trees and perennials can survive the winter in a given region, and it hadn't been revised since 1990. As expected, temperature boundaries shown in the revised version released earlier this year have shifted northward. However, according to an analysis conducted by Dr. Nir Krakauer, the true zones have moved even farther north. Krakauer, assistant professor of civil engineering in The City College of New, developed a new method to map cold-weather zones in the United...      Read more...
    Published 14 Sep 2012 3:52 PM by Maria Sosa
  • World Forests and Climate Change

    Many organizations throughout the world are observing World Forest Day today. For example, RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests is hosting several events in celebration of World Forest Day on March 21, and through the end of March. Forests are vital part of life on Earth, serving many functions that range from maintaining biodiversity to providing basic human needs. The world's forests also store enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, which helps mitigate climate change. Forests and trees have also been the subject of several of our SB&F prize winners, such as A Seabird in the Forest and The Wild Trees . Unfortunately, as this story from the website of the U.S. Geological Service...      Read more...