The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earthby Tim Flannery, Drew De Carvalho (Narrated by)
From Dr. Tim Flannery, one of the world's foremost experts on conservation and ecology, comes a book of immeasurable importance. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful and persuasive" work that is "sure to provoke strong reaction," The Weather Makers is among the finest examinations of climate change ever written. Originally skeptical of global warming, Flannery spent years compiling his own research. What he learned is sobering. Human beings are weather makers whose production of carbon dioxide is polluting the planet at a devastating rate. Species are disappearing, the natural world is changing, and weather events, like Hurricane Katrina, are becoming increasingly disastrous. But as Flannery shows, there are cleaner ways to live-and doing so is the only way to avoid global catastrophe. Alarming but filled with ideas that inspire hope, The Weather Makers could be the most important book you ever read. "At last, here is a clear and readable account of one of the most important but controversial issues facing everyone in the world today.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.