Does the Weather Really Matter?: The Social Implications of Climate Change / Edition 1

Does the Weather Really Matter?: The Social Implications of Climate Change / Edition 1

by William James Burroughs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521561264

ISBN-13: 9780521561266

Pub. Date: 04/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

We talk about it endlessly, write about it copiously, and predict it badly. It influences what we do, what we wear, and how we live. Weather—how does it really impact our lives? In this compelling look at weather, author Burroughs combines historical perspective and economic and political analysis to give the impact of weather and climate change relevance and

Overview

We talk about it endlessly, write about it copiously, and predict it badly. It influences what we do, what we wear, and how we live. Weather—how does it really impact our lives? In this compelling look at weather, author Burroughs combines historical perspective and economic and political analysis to give the impact of weather and climate change relevance and weight. He examines whether the frequency of extreme events is changing and the consequences of these changes. He looks at the chaotic nature of the climate and how this unpredictability can impose serious limits on how we plan for the future. Finally, he poses the important question: what types of serious, even less predictable changes are around the corner? In balanced and accessible prose, Burroughs works these issues into lucid analysis. This refreshing and insightful look at the impact of weather will appeal to anyone who has ever worried about forgetting an umbrella. William James Burroughs is the author of Watching the World's Weather (CUP, 1991) and Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary? (CUP, 1994).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521561266
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The historical evidence; 3. Cold winters; 4. Storms, floods and droughts; 5. How much do we know about climatic change?; 6. Models of the climate and the economy; 7. Consequences of forecasting; 8. Conclusions; References; Index.

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