The Ferocious Summer: Palmer's Penguins and the Warming of Antarctica

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Profile Books, 2007 - Adaelie penguin - 299 pages
The Antarctic Peninsula is for all of us an early warning system. This brilliant book tells the story of Antarctic warming and of how scientists are piecing together the jigsaw of causes and impacts, here in particular through a study of the changing lives and habits of a group of Adelie penguins. To write this book Meredith Hooper worked with key scientists in bases, on ice breakers and in research vessels. Her story is very precisely located in time and space, focusing on the work and ideas of individual scientists and on the local animals. In it she memorably brings an outsider's non-specialist awareness to the crucial understanding of what is happening, now, to the planet we share.

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About the author (2007)

Meredith Hooper has most often been an award-winning writer of many books of non-fiction for children, though her writing ranges from academic articles to fiction for young children. During the last fifteen years she has specialised in writing about the history, geology and wildlife of Antarctica. In 2000 she was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal by the US Congress. She lives in London.

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