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The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

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Staff Pick

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.
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Review-A-Day

"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." Thomas Hayden, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:


An international best seller embraced and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy industry executives from around the world, Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to national prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, current status, and future impact of climate change, writing what has been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere as the definitive book on global warming.

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. Originally somewhat of a global warming skeptic, Tim Flannery spent several years researching the topic and offers a connect-the-dots approach for a reading public who has received patchy or misleading information on the subject. Pulling on his expertise as a scientist to discuss climate change from a historical perspective, Flannery also explains how climate change is interconnected across the planet.

This edition includes an new afterword by the author.

Review:

"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:

"Three new books on global warming should provide beachgoers with plenty of responses to the question they will likely hear all summer: Hot enough for you? The short answer, according to Elizabeth Kolbert, Eugene Linden and Tim Flannery, is definitely yes. These authors — two magazine journalists and a biologist — explore many of the same branches in the tangled thicket of climate history, science... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"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." Jared Diamond, author of Collapse and Guns, Germs & Steel

Review:

"It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book." Bill Bryson

Synopsis:

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 Niqo 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802142924
Author:
Flannery, Tim
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Climatology
Subject:
Climatic changes
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Global warming
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.25 in 15.5 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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 , "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 , "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)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book."
"Synopsis" by , 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 Niqo 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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