The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planetby Heidi Cullen
Dr. Heidi Cullen, one of the world’s foremost climatologists and environmental journalists, offers a new way of viewing the climate-change phenomenon, not as some future event but as something happening right now in our own backyard. In this groundbreaking, provocative work, Dr. Cullen combines the latest scientific research with state-of-the-art… See more details below
Dr. Heidi Cullen, one of the world’s foremost climatologists and environmental journalists, offers a new way of viewing the climate-change phenomenon, not as some future event but as something happening right now in our own backyard. In this groundbreaking, provocative work, Dr. Cullen combines the latest scientific research with state-of-the-art climate-model projections to create climate-change scenarios for seven of the most at-risk locations around the globe.
From the Central Valley of California, where coming droughts will jeopardize the entire state’s water supply, to New York City, whose infrastructure is extremely vulnerable to even a relatively weak Category 3 hurricane, to Greenland, where warmer temperatures will give access to mineral wealth buried beneath ice sheets for millennia, Cullen illustrates how, if left unabated, climate change will transform every corner of the world by midcentury—and no two regions will be affected in quite the same way.
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Dr. Heidi Cullen is a senior research scientist with Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news and research organization, and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.
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One of the first books I read that delves into the realistic consequences of man-made climate change. Brilliantly narrated by our nation's first climate-aware meteorologist, science advisor to NOAA, creator of Forecast Earth and Chief Science Advisor to the Showtime Series, The Years of Living Dangerously, Cullen has made her mark on every facet of American journalism. I highly recommend "The Weather of the Future" to readers of all genres, particularly those of us interested in science-based awareness of modern society's ecological footprint on the planet.
Excellent discussion of the practical aspects of global warming. Using specific locations and examining the consequences of climate change is more engaging than model discussions.
Cullen’s book makes the case that climate prediction over the next century is just as dependable as weather prediction over the next ten days. We can forecast a river’s flood stage several days in advance and can take appropriate measures to mitigate the damage. Likewise, we know what global warming will do to various vulnerable places, like Bangladesh, and we can begin to take steps now that will ease the human misery that is likely to ensue. Each chapter studies a different vulnerable place: the Central Valley of California, the Arctic, the Sahel, the Great Barrier Reef, and New York City. She interviews some of the experts in the field and makes some fanciful predictions for some future years. The book has two main shortcomings, shared by other similar books: • She assumes that resources can and will be allocated in the best interests of all humanity, when simply getting from here to that point is the greatest obstacle of all. • The biggest problem of global warming is NOT that extreme weather will be more likely, or even that sea level will rise. It is instead the possibility that a runaway greenhouse effect will result in a planet utterly unsuited to human civilization. Nevertheless, books like this one should be read by as many people as possible. The narrow focus on a few danger spots will educate people about the many effects of global warming and may serve as a wake-up call for future policy-makers.
This is a good novel but it is very one sided and negative. It looks only at worst case scenarios and is hopeless. Not a bad read but go into it knowing that according to this author we are doomed.