Oct. 17, 2014

The Precourt Institute for Energy  and KQED, public media for Northern California, have created e-books on climate change and energy for iPads and Mac computers. Primarily targeted at grades 7 to 13, the interactive Clue into Climate and Energy iBooks Textbooks are designed to give readers a broad introduction to the subjects of climate change and energy. The e-books can be downloaded free of charge from the iBooks Store. Downloads are available for iPads and Mac computers with operating system OS X 10.9 or later.

Clue into Climate is a four-part series that explores many facets of climate change through a blend of high-quality media, interactive graphics and real-world examples. Volume 1 in the series, Causes of Climate Changeexamines the relationship between greenhouse gases and global warming, and looks at how scientists develop and use climate models. Volume 2, Changing Water, examines the the influence of climate change on precipitation patterns, changes to our frozen landscape and how communities can prepare for resulting impacts. Volume 3, Changing Ecosystems, looks at shifts in the distribution of plant and animal species due to climate change, the effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions on the ocean, and the future of ecosystems in the face of global warming.  Volume 4, Facing Our Future, presents ways of dealing with sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change, and ways to help minimize future climate change. The series is a collaboration of KQED, the Precourt Institute and the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

The Energy e-book series consists of two parts. Volume one, Energy: The Basicsinvestigates the nature of energy and energy resources. The 55-page book is divided into two chapters: The Science of Energy and Energy Resources. Volume two, Energy: Use and Efficiencyexplores how people use energy, from generating electricity to developing energy-efficient technologies. The 40-page book is divided into three chapters: Human Energy Use, Electricity, and the Grid and Energy Efficiency.  A companion iTunes U course can also be downloaded for classroom or informal education use.

In addition to animations, in-depth articles and a glossary, the e-books feature videos produced by KQED and Stanford on a variety of energy and climate-related topics. Career-spotlight videos also give students a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the diversity of jobs available in the renewable-energy industry.

The  e-books and their companion iTunes U courses can be downloaded here.