Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Study Suggests More Stalled Hurricanes and Massive Flooding Coming

After examining the traveling (or translation) speed of tropical cyclones from 1949 and 2016, a climate science concluded that storms slowed ten percent during that time suggesting more hurricanes similar to 2017's Harvey are inevitable ("Hurricanes Are Lingering Longer. That Makes Them More Dangerous." The New York Times, June 6, 2018). The complete study published in the journal Nature and the news article mention that global warming may have some part to play in storm stagnation.

Review selected hard copy/online library books related to hurricanes at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Place Hold" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to request for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more information in the library catalog:
  • hurricane damage
  • Hurricane Harvey
  • hurricanes
  • severe storms

Extreme Weather Events edited by Marcia Amidon Lüsted
Greenhaven, 2017
call number: 363.34 Ext

"In the wake of every killer hurricane, devastating wild fire, severe drought, or once-in-a-century flooding event, it has become commonplace for scientists, politicians, and ordinary citizens to debate whether or not these severe weather events can be tied directly to climate change and global warming. The scientific consensus generally indicates that we are beginning to see upticks in extreme weather due to warming and the resulting shift in weather patterns. . .This anthology collects the strongest viewpoints from across the ideological spectrum and the globe and allows readers to evaluate the arguments and evidence for themselves before forming an educated opinion." - publisher's summary excerpt

Killer Hurricanes
WGBH/PBS, 2017
call number: DVD Nonfiction 551.552 Kil

"The program compares the 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to the Great Hurricane of 1780. That typhoon devastated the island of Barbados and other locations throughout the Atlantic, causing close to 22,000 fatalities. Using historic documents and sediment core samples taken from the ocean, scientists attempt to find patterns to help them predict the severity of hurricanes." - School Library Journal review excerpt


Hurricane Harvey by the Houston Chronicle
Pediment Publishing, 2017
call number: 976.414 Hur

"Hurricane Harvey, from the staff of the Houston Chronicle, tells the story of this unprecedented storm. In 200 pages of breathtaking photos and compelling narratives, we document everything from severe flooding to rescues and evacuations, damage, and volunteer and recovery efforts." - publisher's summary

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Teacher Strikes Expose Major Education Crisis

While all states but Vermont have some balanced budget process and tax cuts that are promised to boost state economies, education finance is getting major cuts ("We Don't Need No Education," The New York Times, April 23, 2018). The article goes on to state that "earnings of public-school teachers have fallen behind inflation since the mid-1990s." And so teacher protests are in the news.

Review selected hard copy/online library books related to teaching, public schools, and education finance at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Place Hold" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to request for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more information in the library catalog:
  • educational change United States
  • education finance United States
H.W. Wilson, 2017
call number: 370.973 Usn

"Articles will discuss different strategies in reforming primary and secondary education in the US. American students do not rank well compared to their peers in other countries. Every administration aims to improve education through a variety of means--increased regulation, funding, standards review and teacher professional development…This volume will cover all the current issues in the debate on education reform including teacher training and pay, class size, flexible scheduling and standardized testing." - publisher's summary excerpt

New Press, 2017
call number: 371.01 Mer

"During his four-decade career at NPR and PBS, John Merrow reported from every state in the union, as well as from dozens of countries, on topics including America's obsession with standardized testing, the low standards of many teacher-training institutions, how corporate greed created an epidemic of attention deficit disorder, and Michelle Rhee's indifference to cheating in Washington, D.C....Chapters in this book include"Measure What Matters," "Ask the Right Question," and "Change Teaching." - publisher's summary excerpt

What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers across America by Ted Dintersmith
Princeton University Press, 2018
call number: on order

"Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America, visiting all fifty states in a single school year. He originally set out to raise awareness about the urgent need to re-imagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation--but America's teachers one-upped him. All across the country, he met teachers in ordinary settings doing extraordinary things, creating innovative classrooms where children learn deeply and joyously as they gain purpose, agency, essential skill sets and mindsets, and real knowledge. Together, these new ways of teaching and learning offer a vision of what school could be—and a model for transforming schools throughout the United States and beyond. Better yet, teachers and parents don't have to wait for the revolution to come from above. They can readily implement small changes that can make a big difference." - publisher's summary excerpt

Friday, April 13, 2018

Syrians Hit by Yet Another Chemical Weapons Attack

Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad continues to use chemical weapons in his country's seven-year civil war ("Burning Eyes, Foaming Mouths: Years of Suspected Chemical Attacks in Syria," The New York Times, April 8, 2018). The latest attack this month in a Douma suburb, almost fifty died and over 500 experienced symptoms attributed to a "suspected chemical attack."

Review selected hard copy/online library books related to Syria or chemical weapons at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Place Hold" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to request for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more information in the library catalog:
  • Syria atrocities
  • Syria civil war 2011
  • Syria human rights
Norton, 2018
call number: 956.91 Abo

"Extending back to the first demonstrations of 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict . . . Rania Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad's prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS." - publisher's summary excerpt

City of Ghosts produced and directed by Matthew Heineman
Broad Green, 2017
call number: 323.156 Cit (DVD Collection)

"A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today." - publisher's summary excerpt

We Are Syrians: Three Generations, Three Dissidents edited by Adam Braver and Abby DeVeuve
University of New Orleans Press, 2017
call number: 956.91 Wea

"Three generations of Syrian citizens who became dissidents under the Assad family's rule, forced to flee Syria by a government that wanted to silence them. In We Are Syrians First, Naila Al-Atrash, Radwan Ziadeh, and Sana Mustafa tell how they confronted each of those questions in their commitment to protect freedom of expression under an authoritarian government. While these are individual stories of courage and defiance, together they tell the larger story of the Syrian conflict and the conditions that brought about the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history." - publisher's summary excerpt