A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States

A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States

by David Goodrich


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An epic bicycle journey across the American hinterland that explores the challenges of climate change alongside a diverse array of American voices.

After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that the American people are willfully deluded by the misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, David thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in Animal House, he decided that "this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone's part, and I'm just the guy to do it."

Starting on the beach in Delaware, David rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share.

Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time. But A Hole in the Wind is also about the people Dave met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler's beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming. As he rides, David will discuss the climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools.

Beautifully simple, direct, and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic, and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777887
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,148,719
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Goodrich is the former head of the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Observations and Monitoring Program, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of A Hole in the Wind, which was a "One City, One Book" pick for San Francisco, and is also available from Pegasus Books.  He lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Maps ix

Prologue xi

1 Delaware: The Sea Approaches 1

2 Maryland: The Way to Get to Oregon 11

3 The Pennsylvania Gold Rush 23

4 Ohio: Tim Hortons, Armadillos, and Climate Change 41

5 Ohio: Awakenings 48

6 Indiana: Rain Games 59

7 Illinois: On Mr. Jefferson's Road 66

8 Missouri: The Best Place in a Tornado 70

9 South Dakota: Night on Stronghold Table 79

10 Nebraska: The One 97

11 Kansas: Small Hours on the High Plains 101

12 Colorado: A Visit to the Science City 116

13 Colorado: The Forests of Cameron Pass 128

14 Wyoming: The Pottery Studio at the End of the Earth 139

15 Wyoming: The Grand, Straight Ahead 148

16 Idaho-Montana Part I: Fire 155

17 Idaho-Montana Part II: Ice 176

18 To Oregon and the Sea 195

19 Climate and the Future 209

Appendix: Nuts and Bolts 229

Endnotes 237

Acknowledgments 247

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A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful presentaion of the impacts climate change is having on our planet. The bicycle travel and history of the little towns keeps you engrossed and turning the pages. Kind of like a "spoonfull of sugar" you almost don't realize how much climate science you are reading. Not just a book for bicylists. The bicycle travel is jist the framework for the real message of the author's observations of how climaye change is impacting our world and how the people he met react to that knowledge. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Impending doom , a quest for truth, and the bike ride of a lifetime provide the momentum for this story. It is an enjoyable, easy read that clearly explains the dangers of climate change - as well as suggestions for “turning the ship around”. Even if science is not your cup of tea, but you just want to explore our nation from the comfort of your easy chair, this is the book for you. I dream of one day enjoying a long bike ride like this - or any of the “shorter” rides mentioned. Goodrich provides plenty of advice for the road. Would love to sit down and have a beer with him and hear even more stories from land and sea!