flatfour, April 13, 2007 (view all comments by flatfour)
This was written in 2004 before the 'hockey stick' was found to be virtually a fraud. Using old data he misses out on a number of new facts. He also suffers from assuming correlation is causation. I was very disappointed in this book but he knows how to write which is about the only good thing I can say about it.
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ursamajor, May 6, 2006 (view all comments by ursamajor)
Very scary book but extremely informative. If only a quarter of the contents is true, we are in for some serious trouble. This work should be made mandatory reading at the White House.
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lacorota, April 15, 2006 (view all comments by lacorota)
A superbly written book -- sans jargon -- with credible citations and sources. This isn't liberal hype. Most conservatives and neocons will detest such material because it threatens their very sacred gospel of ultra-consumerism flying on the wings of cheap and abundant petroleum. As I concluded this book, I thought "we've been on an all-night party for over a hundred years, and the bill collector is knocking the door down.
Moreover, lets say it's all a liberal hoax created by tree-hugging hippies from Oregon. Anything that promotes a change in our behaviour towards something cleaner is progressive, and ultimately good. Our efforts at resoring wild salmon to the Columbia River failed, however, the water quality is much improved -- an incidental, unplanned benefit!!
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Hayman, April 6, 2006 (view all comments by Hayman)
Pure liberal claptrap! For a real perspective on the myth of global warming, read Michael Crichton's State of Fear. Thank goodness our President doesn't listen to fools like Flannry!!
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Not only is paleontologist Flannery's urgent call to arms about global climate change fascinating and terrifying, it is also the most accessible book on the topic around. Flannery writes beautifully, clearly examining every angle of the debate surrounding our environment. Moreover, his words should empower and energize the debate against fossil fuels — the debate we must win soon.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Mammologist and paleontologist Flannery (The Eternal Frontier), who in recent years has become well known for his controversial ideas on conservation, the environment and population control, presents a straightforward and powerfully written look at the connection between climate change and global warming. It's destined to become required reading following Hurricane Katrina as the focus shifts to the natural forces that may have produced such a devastating event. Much of the book's success is rooted in Flannery's succinct and fascinating insights into related topics, such as the differences between the terms greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change, and how the El Nio cycle of extreme climatic events 'had a profound re-organising effect on nature.' But the heart of the book is Flannery's impassioned look at the earth's 'colossal' carbon dioxide pollution problem and his argument for how we can shift from our current global reliance on fossil fuels to a hydrogen-based economy. Flannery consistently produces the hard goods related to his main message that our environmental behavior makes us all 'weather makers' who 'already possess all the tools required to avoid catastrophic climate change.' Agent, Kim Witherspoon." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Thomas Hayden, The Washington Post Book World,
"As a paleontologist and mammalogist, Flannery wanders into and out of his home disciplines in The Weather Makers but manages the material with force, clarity and authority throughout....Flannery is fast emerging as one of our best popularizers of science — a term vaguely insulting in many academic circles for those who somehow manage to convey not just the why of things but the why-we-should-care. The secret in Flannery's case...seems to be confident knowledge joined to a storyteller's gifts and a writer's determination to get it just right — a rare combination, and a powerful one when brought to bear on such a monumental topic." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
by Kirkus Reviews (starred review),
"An authoritative yet accessible presentation of the scientific evidence that climate change is happening; a clear delineation of what global warming has done and could do to life on our planet; and an urgent call for action. A powerful and persuasive book, sure to provoke strong reaction."
by Jared Diamond, author of Collapse and Guns, Germs & Steel,
"At last, here is a clear and readable account of one of the most important but controversial issues facing everyone in the world today. If you are not already addicted to Tim Flannery's writing, discover him now: The Weathermakers is his best book yet."
by Bill Bryson,
"It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book."
by Redmond O?Hanlon,
"This is a magnificent book; exciting, poetic, passionate — and full of knowledge we all need and can act upon before it's too late."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"[Flannery] is a clear and engaging writer who has done his homework."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"[Flannery's] detailed explanations of the science and impact of climate change are both educational and disturbing."
by Los Angeles Times,
"The Weather Makers is written in 35 short chapters of the sort that make for good subway or bus reading, each addressing a different aspect of global warming, which is, to put it mildly, a complex issue."
by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"Flannery's The Weather Makers is a cogent and readable exposition of global warming, distilling the latest scientific research into easily accessible language....[A] good start for anyone concerned about the world we are creating and what we can do about it."
Sometime this century the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all other natural factors. Over the past decade, the world has seen the most powerful El Niño ever recorded, the most devastating hurricane in two hundred years, the hottest European summer on record, and one of the worst storm seasons ever experienced in Florida. With one out of every five living things on this planet committed to extinction by the levels of greenhouse gases that will accumulate in the next few decades, we are reaching a global climatic tipping point. The Weather Makers is both an urgent warning and a call to arms, outlining the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Along with a riveting history of climate change, Tim Flannery offers specific suggestions for action for both lawmakers and individuals, from investing in renewable power sources like wind, solar, and geothermal energy, to offering an action plan with steps each and every one of us can take right now to reduce deadly CO2 emissions by as much as 70 percent.
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