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The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth Paperback – January 10, 2001
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The author, Tim Flannery, is a well recognized scientist himself. He begins the book by discussing his reservations about global warming, how scientists are supposed to be skeptical and how much data must be present before scientific consensus can occur. From there, he explains how he was convinced that climate change was real.
In the book, the author starts discussing climate change from many different scientific aspects. Although some of the science is tough, even for science majors such as myself, the specifics of the science involved are used more as examples, allowing readers with less of a scientific background to understand exactly what is being said. The author does a great job of utilizing a number of sciences, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, physics, climatology, meteorology, geology, oceanography and more to prove the argument that climate change exists from every angle.
In addition, he does a great job showing how something happening in one place may affect a totally different region of the world. He covers climate change around the globe in a comprehensive manner, and shows how different peoples will be affected.
Finally, the author discusses what is being done and by whom. He points out the lack of effort to change in the US, as well as in Australia and other countries. He presents good arguments for the slowing global warming and for the economic benefits that countries would enjoy.
This book is the best and most comprehensive I have read on global warming. If you are looking for a book that covers all aspects, this is for you. If you would prefer ranting and raving, don't look here, as there is very little of that present. Finally, if you are in doubt about global warming this book may very well change your mind, or at the very least give you something to think about seriously.
I would recommend everyone on the Congress and Senate, House of Representatives read this so that they finally get it and not argue over data, you can not argue about the data.
Some of what you read will be scary but that is where this world and way of living has brought us.
-- Wallace Broecker, Cooling the Tropics
A lot of Old Guard liberty sorts, believing in the Infinite Sink and wide open spaces forever (or being susceptible to self-serving oil-cartel propaganda), don't even like the word environmentalism. Let's call it conservation then....
Climate change or global warming, take your pick of phrases, the evidence shows that human-generated carbon dioxide, unchecked, will double by the end of the century, with the likelihood of heating our planet 5°F to 10°F. As stated in Ghostbusters, "That would be bad."
Tim Flannery, a world-renowned scientist, explorer, and conservationist, was initially skeptical of the global warming thesis. But through observations of changing ancient landscapes--e.g. warm-plant species moving up mountainsides--and scientific journals discussing severe alpine threats broke the ice (no pun intended) for him.
By 2004 his inquiries had turned to fears. The world's leading science journals were full of reports that glaciers were melting 10 times faster than expected, greenhouse gases were reaching levels not seen for millions of years, and species were vanishing seemingly overnight. Increasing extreme weather events and the recent occurrence of several of the hottest years on record sealed his conviction.
Flannery became an advocate.
Not just any advocate, mind you, one of those exceptional scientific advocates such as Carl Sagan who can write. This book is at once a reference manual you can mark and return to again and again, and an exciting narrative of discovery. He is even clear on matters like alternative energy systems.
Did you know Denmark obtains nearly 25% of its electric power through wind, and the power is owned on a cooperative, distributed basis by the citizens themselves?
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Al Gore has produced An Inconvenient Truth and received a lot more publicity. His movie touches on many subjects; Mr Flannery's book fills in the details. And these are details that are important to learn. For instance, An Inconvenient Truth barely mentiions the ocean's coral beds but The Weather Makers describes the shocking death of Austrialia's Great Barrier Reef.
Indeed, Australia is probably the country and continent most affected by global warming. Mr Flannery has much first hand experience with the changes, and in such a brief time period. Yet his country, along with the USA, has refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
Read this book. Recommend it to your family and friends. Change your energy wasting and carbon emitting lifestyle. We are almost out of time.