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The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Global warming and 21st Century Weather

    Cullen’s book makes the case that climate prediction over the next century is just as dependable as weather prediction over the next ten days. We can forecast a river’s flood stage several days in advance and can take appropriate measures to mitigate the damage. Likewise, we know what global warming will do to various vulnerable places, like Bangladesh, and we can begin to take steps now that will ease the human misery that is likely to ensue.

    Each chapter studies a different vulnerable place: the Central Valley of California, the Arctic, the Sahel, the Great Barrier Reef, and New York City. She interviews some of the experts in the field and makes some fanciful predictions for some future years.

    The book has two main shortcomings, shared by other similar books:
    • She assumes that resources can and will be allocated in the best interests of all humanity, when simply getting from here to that point is the greatest obstacle of all.
    • The biggest problem of global warming is NOT that extreme weather will be more likely, or even that sea level will rise. It is instead the possibility that a runaway greenhouse effect will result in a planet utterly unsuited to human civilization.

    Nevertheless, books like this one should be read by as many people as possible. The narrow focus on a few danger spots will educate people about the many effects of global warming and may serve as a wake-up call for future policy-makers.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    This is a good novel but it is very one sided and negative. It l

    This is a good novel but it is very one sided and negative. It looks only at worst case scenarios and is hopeless. Not a bad read but go into it knowing that according to this author we are doomed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent discussion of the practical aspects of global warming. Using specific locations and examining the consequences of climate change is more engaging than model discussions.

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    Posted August 3, 2011

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