Based on the NSTA reading list for environmental science, I borrowed Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future, by Climate Central, from my local library. It was an easy read (I finished it in less than 2 days), and although it had a few lulling moments, it kept me intrigued by providing interesting data and keeping topics interconnected throughout the book. The authors assert in their introduction that they wrote the book in order for a sixth grader to be able to read and understand (for the most part) and they do a fabulous job of fulfilling their claim.
The book is divided into four main parts: the science behind what is causing climate change, what's happening now because of climate change, what's probably going to happen in the future due to climate change, and if the effects of climate change can be avoided. The science behind climate change are explained in great detail, but not so in-depth that one would get lost in the content. There are multiple visual aids throughout the text that present the data in an easy-to-interpret format. The authors also keep a neutral viewpoint throughout the book on their own opinion of climate change, and instead, give arguments for both sides of the climate change debate. One fact that remains constant is that the temperature of our atmosphere is increasing, and more impart due to human impact than natural causes.
Climate Central creates a beginner's guide into the world of understanding global warming and why climate change is taking place. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who either doesn't understand what climate change is about, wants a better understanding of global warming, or wants to get a glimpse into the future of Earth.