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Original Essays | July 22, 2014 0 comments
The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
Tim FlanneryDescribe your latest project.
The Weather Makers is about the history and future impact of climate change. As a palaeontologist by training, I understand how influential climate change has been in shaping life on Earth. And as a mammalogist I've seen the indications of climate change firsthand as I've conducted fieldwork. Yet it was only reading the computer-generated projections of how climate change could develop this century that really brought home the significance of what I'd learned and experienced. Those projections indicate that a great wave of extinctions, driven by climate change, may occur this century. Avoiding that was my motive for writing the book. The issue is urgent. I hope my book will let people see the scale and nature of the problem we have created, and empower them to do something about it. Because the point is: we know enough about climate change to act.
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