Rough Winds: Extreme Weather and Climate Change (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Powell doesn't even need to go back beyond 2010 to pull out a string of severe weather events and broken temperature records that fit precisely what climate science has been telling us for decades. The wonder of an ebook meant that I was surprised to see reference to something dated last Wednesday (Texas wildfires).
A laundry list of climate disasters might make for boring reading but Powell manages to keep you glued to the page by organizing his book into an easy flow of short pieces on the weather offenders: heat; drought; wildfire; rain, snow & floods; and major storms. He includes personal stories from those experiencing these impacts of climate change as well as observations of professionals. He's merciful too in that the book itself is readable in one sitting.
I was especially impressed with Powell's treatment of the facts that the Governors of Texas and Oklahoma had made public calls for prayers for rain as a response to 2011 drought.
In Europe in the summer of 2003, the Danube fell to its lowest level in 100 years, exposing WWII tanks and unexploded bombs that had been submerged for six decades.
Also in 2003 during the longest, hottest summer in Europe's history, 46,000 people died because of the heat, most of them in France.
The weather extremes are the real harbinger of climate change and James Lawrence Powell documents the extremes we're experiencing as recently as August and Hurricane Irene, which was the tenth U.S. weather disaster in 2011 to cause $1 billion or more in damages. That's a record for any year in our 200-year history of charting the weather. We still have four months to go.
Heat, droughts, wildfires, rainfall, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes and cyclones: every year the worst the weather can deliver is rewriting the record books for the devastation and the suffering that's resulting.
Powell builds a compelling case that because of global warming we are slipping rapidly toward a tipping point the other side of which is a place almost beyond imagining. Compelling but scary stuff.
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