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Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth

Author

Penny Chisholm, Molly Bang

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Suggested grade level:

6th - 8th

Climate Commitment:

Use less electricity

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Language:

English

Book notes:

AR Points:

0.5

About the Book

What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? This engaging, stunning book explains how coal, oil, and gas are really "buried sunlight," trapped beneath the surface of our planet for millions and millions of years. Now, in a very short time, we are digging them up and burning them, changing the carbon balance of our planet's air and water. What does this mean, and what should we do about it? Using simple language and breathtaking paintings, Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of our transportation and energy use in our world.

Climate Commitment Activity

Use less electricity

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Reflection Sheets and Book Reviews

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