The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet

by Heidi Cullen


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From Heidi Cullen, one of America’s foremost experts on weather and climate change and a senior research scientist with Climate Central, comes The Weather of the Future, a fascinating and provocative book that predicts what different parts of the world will look like in the year 2050 if current levels of carbon emissions are maintained.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061726941
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Your Weather Is Your Climate

1 Climate and Weather Together 3

2 Seeing Climate Change in Our Past 12

3 The Science of Prediction 31

4 Extreme Weather Autopsies and the Forty-Year Forecast 50

Part II The Weather of the Future

5 The Sahel, Africa 63

6 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia 89

7 Central Valley, California 115

8 The Arctic, Part One: Inuit Nunaat, Canada 149

9 The Arctic, Part Two: Greenland 173

10 Dhaka, Bangladesh 197

11 New York, New York 227

Epilogue: The Trillionth Ton 261

Appendix 1 United States Climate Change Almanac 273

Appendix 2 New York Statistics 297

Appendix 3 The World's Most Vulnerable Places 299

Notes 303

Acknowledgments 313

Index 317

What People are Saying About This

Laurie David

In this important and timely book, Heidi Cullen breaks ground...simplifying the connection between weather and climate and bringing the true impact of the problem, literally, right to your front door.

Michiko Kakutani

“A scorching vision of what life might be like in the warmer world that is already on its way. ”

Elizabeth Kolbert

“Vivid and compelling, this book 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.”

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Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AceBitbucket More than 1 year ago
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.
bob_derwood More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.