It has come to our attention that the chart on the inside flap of page 18 of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon (Orchard Books) was inadvertently mislabeled during production. We take very seriously the accuracy and vetting of all books published by Scholastic and will correct the label adjacent to the illustration showing the relationship between climate temperature and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere in subsequent printings. We have consulted with several experts and have confirmed that the accompanying text explaining this relationship remains accurate, and we are grateful to the readers who have brought this to our attention.
Following is additional explanation from Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Department of Geosciences and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
“I have reviewed the figure on page 18 of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming. It appears that the labeling of the axes has been reversed. As a result, the curve labeled ‘carbon dioxide concentration’ should be labeled ‘climate temperature’, and vice versa. However, the description of the figure in the accompanying text is accurate, and it fairly represents the current state of scientific knowledge, in terms that would be comprehensible to children 8-years of age or older.” —Michael Oppenheimer
We thank Professor Oppenheimer for reviewing the materials and providing his scientific perspective.
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In order to provide the corrected chart to readers who have already purchased the book, we would like to make it available here.Simply print out the figure, and paste it directly over the flap on page 18 in your book.