Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming

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by Chris Mooney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0156033666

ISBN-13: 2900156033663

Pub. Date: 08/04/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Are hurricanes increasing in ferocity and frequency because of global warming? In the wake of Katrina, leading science journalist Chris Mooney follows the careers of top meteorologists on either side of this red-hot question through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what

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Are hurricanes increasing in ferocity and frequency because of global warming? In the wake of Katrina, leading science journalist Chris Mooney follows the careers of top meteorologists on either side of this red-hot question through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already an intense scientific debate.

In this fascinating and urgently important book, Mooney—a native of New Orleans—delves into a compelling consequence of the great inconvenient truth of our day: Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900156033663
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416

Table of Contents


Prologue: 6229 Memphis Street     1
Introduction: "The Party Line"     5
Warming and Storming
Chimneys and Whirlpools     15
Of Heat Engines ...     31
... and Computer Models     44
"Lay That Matrix Down"     59
From Hypercanes to Hurricane Andrew     80
Boling Over
Interlude: Among the Forecasters     103
The Luck of Florida     109
Frictional Divergence     123
Meet the Press     137
"The #{dollar}%^& Hit the Fan"     155
Resistance     169
"Consensus"     180
Storm World
Preseason Warm-Ups     205
Where Are the Storms?     224
Hurricane Climatology     245
Conclusion: Home Again     260
Afterword     277
Acknowledgments     285
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale; Note on Units of Measurement     289
Cyclone Typology     293
Early Hurricane-Climate Speculations     295
Consensus Statements by Participants in the World Meteorological Organization's 6th International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones, San Jose, Costa Rica, November 2006     301
Notes     303
Bibliography and RecommendedReading     379
List of Interviews     385
Index     391

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