The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planetby Heidi Cullen
"Heidi Cullen is a groundbreaker. As the first scientist on national television whose full-time job was to cover climate change, she ruffled many feathers reporting on the current impacts of global warming. Now, in this important and timely book, Heidi breaks ground again, taking on the recent wave of climate-change skeptics by simplifying the misunderstood… See more details below
"Heidi Cullen is a groundbreaker. As the first scientist on national television whose full-time job was to cover climate change, she ruffled many feathers reporting on the current impacts of global warming. Now, in this important and timely book, Heidi breaks ground again, taking on the recent wave of climate-change skeptics by simplifying the misunderstood connection between weather and climate, and bringing the true impact of the problem, literally, right to your front door."---Laurie David, producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth" "Vivid and compelling, The Weather of the Future shows what life will be like in a warming world. Essential reading for anyone who's planning to inhabit the planet for the next few decades."---Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe" "America's best-known climatologist, Heidi Cullen, warns that carbon pollution is unequivocally causing irreversible planetary-scale damage that, left unabated, will trigger increasing heat waves, sustained droughts, extreme storms, and widespread coastal flooding in its wake. This is a forecast we must all heed."---Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation" "Let's assume we do nothing about climate change. Imagine that we just continue to emit carbon at our current levels or even exceed those levels. How would our weather change? What would our forecast be? Welcome to The Weather of the Future" "In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Heidi Cullen, one of the world's foremost climatologists and environmental journalists, puts a vivid face on climate change, offering a new way of seeing this phenomenon not just as an event set to happen in the distant future but as something happening right now in our own backyards. Arguing that we must connect the weather of today with the climate change of tomorrow, Cullen combines the latest research from scientists on the ground with state-of-the-art climate-model projections to create climate-change scenarios for seven of the most at-risk locations around the world" "From the Central Valley of California, where coming droughts will jeopardize the entire state's water supply, 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. What emerges is a mosaic of changing weather patterns that collectively spell out the range of risks posed by global warming---whether it's New York City, whose infrastructure is extremely vulnerable to even a relatively weak category 3 hurricane, or Bangladesh, a country so low-lying that millions of people could become climate refugees due to rising sea levels" Provocative and convincing, The Weather of the Future makes climate change local, showing how no two regions of the country or the world will be affected in quite the same way, and demonstrating that melting ice is just the beginning.
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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.