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Blog Action Day: Climate change in Biography Resource Center

Blog Action Day is an event in which thousands of bloggers unite to post on a single topic in an effort to bring awareness to a cause. This year’s theme is climate change, and you can bet your bottom dollar (or last carbon offset credit) that Biography Resource Center has hundreds of biographies containing keywords and phrases such as “climate change” and “global warming.” These come from titles ranging from Environmental Encyclopedia to Notable Scientists: From 1900 to the Present. A few highlights:
  • Bert Bolin, Swedish meteorologist and founding chairman of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change back in 1988. Swedish meteorologist.
  • Heidi Cullen, Weather Channel reporter on climate change and a member of Climate Central
  • Sarah Hammond Creighton, expert on issues of sustainability and climate change in academia
  • William F. Ruddiman, paleoclimatologist, marine geologist, and paleoceanographer, who put forth the hypothesis that humans have unknowingly managed to postpone the onset of a new ice age
  • James Hansen, whose research inspired the questions and subsequent debate over the existence and implications of “global warming.” Hansen predicted in 1988 that the “greenhouse effect,” caused by gases including carbon dioxide, ozone, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which trap the sun’s heat like the glass plates of a greenhouse, would have serious implications, warming the Earth enough to cause widespread droughts, fires, and floods.
  • Elvia Elisa Niebla, an environmental scientist who has made notable contributions to the study of forests. Her work centers on directing vital scientific studies on the impact of acid rain, pollution, and climate change on U.S. trees and soils
  • Rajendra Pachauri, an energy scientist well-known for years in his native India, who became a worldwide figure in October of 2007 when his United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won the Nobel Peace Prize. He shared the award with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who had once questioned Pachauri’s commitment to matter of global warming. Pachauri is also head of the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI)

In addition to narrative biographies, there are more than 17,000 magazines and news results for “climate change,” and more than 20,000 for “global warming.”

Want to know more about Climate Change?

  • Global Issues in Context blog is posting today about what people around the world are doing to reduce their contribution to climate change.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center blog will feature information about how climate change negatively impacts our health with information on how you can take action against climate change.
  • Re:sources, the Gale Virtual Reference Library blog, will be posting about how library users can increase their knowledge of climate change with new and award-winning electronic reference titles.
  • The Sizzle is promoting overall Environmental Resources from Gale in addition to information on the upcoming launch of our GREENR blog—which will be dedicated to sharing Global Reference information about the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources.
  • Follow @blogactionday on Twitter or visit www.blogactionday.org for access to information from nearly 7,000 contributors in 135 countries.
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Posted on: October 15, 2009, 8:37 am Category: Announcements, Factoids Tagged with: , , , ,

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