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The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow Hardcover – August 1, 2013
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"Earth’s climate has changed before, but always on a geological time scale. By burning millions of years worth of fossil fuels in a couple of centuries, humans have now forced atmospheric change onto our time scale. To make matters worse, in the American Southwest we have built a civilization on the assumption that we can get away with it. As The West without Water eloquently and passionately reveals, we can’t."James Lawrence Powell, author of Dead Pool
In this intriguing account of a past more distant than any we have known, these authors offer us all the rare gift of foresight about what counts the most: the direction our society must take to sustain the richness of life on earth."Tim Palmer, author of Rivers of California and Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation
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However, I now know more about isotope analysis than I care to because it is repeated several times. Once is enough. My biggest issue with the book is that having gone thorugh historic climate changess, I was expected a look (implied by the title) of what the future climate may look like based on the trends of the past. revealed That seems to be lacking. Like a mystery where you get to the big reveal only to find out it doen't happen. I would have liked ENSO, PDO, Astronomy, etc. as forcers of climate change to at least be pulled together for a prediction. The only thing marring an otherwise excellent book.