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

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This book seeks to answer questions by providing a balanced and accessible analysis of the current debate on climatic change. Combining a historical perspective, economic and political analysis, together with meteorological and climatological explanations of the impact of extreme weather events on all aspects of society, it provides a basis of interpreting what is known about climatic change and the ability to forecast future changes and their economic and political consequences.
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"In William James Burrough's Does the Weather Really Matter? there is an excellent discussion of exactly what modelers are attempting to do when predicting climate change...Rather than dwell on implicating human activity as the cause of global warming and weather change, Burroughs does an excellent job of documenting the social implications of weather using a fairly wide range of historical examples...In a balanced and accessible way, Burroughs has expertly combined an historical perspective with political and economic analysis and has explained the impact of extreme weather events on all aspects of society from a meteorological and climatological perspective." Satya

"I would recommend this book as essential reading for anyone with an interest in climate change and its effect on society. The subject matter has clearly been very thoroughly researched and the author's first-hand previous experience in government policy formation has been of considerable benefit when explaining some of the more political implications." Weather

"...I wouldn't hesitate to commend it to all who are concerned about the impact of climate change, irrespective of their perception of the threat." CMOS Bulletin

"Detailed information is presented in graphical form with appropriate commentary and analysis. The discussion is well balanced without advocating any particular point of view." The Leading Edge

"The book is well written." EOS

"...informative, authoritative, easy to read and its color photos are breathtaking...a little gem of a pocket-sized book, crammed with practical information on how to observe and understand the weather." Naples, FL News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521017442
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The historical evidence 16
3 Cold winters 53
4 Storms, floods and droughts 73
5 How much do we know about climatic change? 100
6 Models of the climate and the economy 139
7 Consequences of forecasting 174
8 Conclusions 194
References 215
Acknowledgements 225
Index 226
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