The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth

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An international best seller embraced and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy industry executives from around the world, Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to national prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, current status, and future impact of climate change, writing what has been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere as the definitive book ...

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Overview

An international best seller embraced and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy industry executives from around the world, Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to national prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, current status, and future impact of climate change, writing what has been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere as the definitive book on global warming.
With one out of every five living things on this planet committed to extinction by the levels of greenhouse gases that will accumulate in the next few decades, we are reaching a global climatic tipping point. The Weather Makers is both an urgent warning and a call to arms, outlining the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Originally somewhat of a global warming skeptic, Tim Flannery spent several years researching the topic and offers a connect-the-dots approach for a reading public who has received patchy or misleading information on the subject. Pulling on his expertise as a scientist to discuss climate change from a historical perspective, Flannery also explains how climate change is interconnected across the planet.
This edition includes an new afterword by the author.

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Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, humans have become weather makers. As we fuel our activities, we create ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases that have altered global weather patterns and increased the potential for extreme weather events. Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers lays out not only a riveting history of how climate change has shaped our planet's evolution, but a bracing scenario of catastrophes brewing in the future.
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“At last, here is a clear and readable account of one of the most important but controversial issues facing everyone in the world today. If you are not already addicted to Tim Flannery's writing, discover him now: The Weather Makers is his best book yet.” —Jared Diamond, author of Collapse and Guns, Germs & Steel

“He makes sure that you will never again look at an electric-light switch in quite the same way. . . . Gives his material . . . [an] impassioned, fiery tone . . . He builds a galvanizing, intentionally polarizing case for the urgency of altering our patterns of energy use. . . . Detail-packed to the point of terrible fascination.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Though written in 2004, the author, an Australian science professor and author, has written two afterwords, in 2005 and 2006, which have updated his dire predictions. Each year has shown that global warming is happening even faster than scientists had predicted. The enormity of what Flannery projects is hard to imagine, but he writes in such clear prose and substantiates his theories so well that he leaves little doubt to any open-minded reader; and he footnotes his sources well and gives an extensive index, useful for students. After going into detail about the previous cycles of warming and cooling on the planet, Flannery shows how human impact has sped up the process. Then he projects three possible ways global warming will ultimately occur: through the collapse of the Gulf Stream, the collapse of the Amazon rain forests, or methane release from the ocean floor. He points out that humans can only control these events if they do something now, and not wait for further proof. In addition to science, Flannery also discusses the politics of global warming. He concludes the book with a list of things we can do to slow the inevitable, like changing light bulbs, changing the fuel we use to transport ourselves, and changing politicians to those who can change the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802142924
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/10/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 426,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Flannery at his best

    This is Tim Flannery at his best, which is saying a lot. He is one of the best science writers around. This book is clear and concise with ample documentation of real world facts. It will make you thankful there are guys like him fighting to do the right thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book examines the science behind climate change. It doesn't preach. The author gives specific examples of species that are endangered by climate change. Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    A must read for anyone interested in mans potential impact on climate change

    Flannery does an excellent job of describing the science and impact of climate change. He gives many examples. His evidence regarding mans impact is very impressive. He also provides pages of resources so you can follow up and draw your own opinions.

    This book is highly recommended, especially for climate change skeptics with an open mind.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    This book will explain the basic global warming to you.

    This is a great book. I have read several books on the climate and man's influence on it and this book is the best written of all of them. Anyone can understand what is going on and decide what they think about it. If you want something more than a media sound bite or the ax grinding by a spokes-person for one point of view or another, then try reading this book. Regardless of the cause, the weather is certainly different than it has been in the past. This book helps to explain some of that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Authoritative report on global warming

    Global warming, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, is an incontrovertible, unassailable fact. Yes, a few flat-earth folks remain who argue that more proof is still needed. Thousands of objective technical reports, published in refereed scientific journals, clearly show the case is already made. In the scientific community, there is no debate: Climate change, caused by humans, is here. And, unless we quickly do something about it, the end results could be cataclysmic. We recommend Tim Flannery¿s impassioned book about climate change. This book will thoroughly educate you regarding the dangers of global warming and will tell you what you can do to address this shared problem. It is hard to imagine a more vital topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    An Outstandingly Written And Deeply Felt Analysis Of The Global Warming Crisis

    Tim Flannery's 'The Weather Makers' is a superbly informed and unashamedly passionate appeal to save Earth from the effects of global warming before it's too late. Though not a climatologist (his background's in ecology and zoology) he has totally mastered the subject's science, and if you need one book to tie the science together here it is. He touches every aspect of the problem, whether it's the harm being done to Earth's animals and plants and their potentially tragic fate, the possible shutdown of the Atlantic Conveyor (which, like so many writers, even scientists, he refers to as 'the Gulf Stream', though the Gulf Stream's just part of it), the role each kind of fossil fuel plays, the ongoing disinformation campaigns of energy corporations, possible political implications for our world (including some Orwellian ones), effects on agriculture, and every other element of the great global warming equation. This is intended as, and it succeeds as, a work of total synthesis on the subject. He does go over some old ground for those already knowledgeable on the subject, but I found much new and startling information too, such as the depth of immediate danger to the Amazon rain forest and the potentially horrid effects of its collapse, or just how close the world came to disaster with ozone depletion. In other often-discussed areas he adds interesting layers of detail that will probably be new to many readers: the role of water vapor (the sometimes forgotten greenhouse gas), albedo (Earth's surface reflectivity-- which is key), what is now happening to frogs and coral reefs (two of Mr. Flannery's passions), what non-solutions CO2 sequestration or the 'hydrogen economy' are, or, going back in time, the lessons of the great Eocene warming of 55 million years ago, Earth's last super-warming. Mr. Flannery flatly states that 'the fate of our planet is at stake.', and this leads to my one main criticism of the book, that in the face of such a challenge his proposed solutions are often soft and limited and tinkering, including appeals to take public transit or trade in your SUV for a hybrid (though if every SUV became a hybrid tomorrow there'd still be a global warming crisis). Like virtually all book writers on the subject he supports the Kyoto Protocal, though he's well aware it's 'a toothless tiger' (pg. 224), and like virtually all book writers on the subject he nowhere questions the fundamentals of the civilization that has created global warming-- its democracy, its capitalism, its religion. Additionally, despite his overall scientific brilliance and accuracy, some of his conclusions on specific topics can still be questioned. For instance, though he feels there wasn't one, there is a huge amount of evidence supporting the existence of a Medieval Warm Period. But if he isn't perfect he is superb, and this book is an urgent and important one to read.

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