!DOWNLOAD ☻ The Weather Makers : How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth ♪ Sometime This Century The Day Will Arrive When The Human Influence On The Climate Will Overwhelm All Other Natural Factors Over The Past Decade, The World Has Seen The Most Powerful El Niqo Ever Recorded, The Most Devastating Hurricane In Two Hundred Years, The Hottest European Summer On Record, And One Of The Worst Storm Seasons Ever Experienced In Florida With One Out Of Every Five Living Things On This Planet Committed To Extinction By The Levels Of Greenhouse Gases That Will Accumulate In The Next Few Decades, We Are Reaching A Global Climatic Tipping Point The Weather Makers Is Both An Urgent Warning And A Call To Arms, Outlining The History Of Climate Change, How It Will Unfold Over The Next Century, And What We Can Do To Prevent A Cataclysmic Future Along With A Riveting History Of Climate Change, Tim Flannery Offers Specific Suggestions For Action For Both Lawmakers And Individuals, From Investing In Renewable Power Sources Like Wind, Solar, And Geothermal Energy, To Offering An Action Plan With Steps Each And Every One Of Us Can Take Right Now To Reduce Deadly CO Emissions By As Much As Percent The Road to Camlann: The Death of King Arthur The World Has Seen The Most Powerful El Niqo Ever Recorded Temptation In Lingerie (Bare Naked Designs, The Most Devastating Hurricane In Two Hundred Years Christmas in Noisy Village The Hottest European Summer On Record The Cow in the House And One Of The Worst Storm Seasons Ever Experienced In Florida With One Out Of Every Five Living Things On This Planet Committed To Extinction By The Levels Of Greenhouse Gases That Will Accumulate In The Next Few Decades Temptation In Lingerie We Are Reaching A Global Climatic Tipping Point The Weather Makers Is Both An Urgent Warning And A Call To Arms Jericho's Journey Outlining The History Of Climate Change The Journey Home How It Will Unfold Over The Next Century The Man from the Other Side And What We Can Do To Prevent A Cataclysmic Future Along With A Riveting History Of Climate Change God Tim Flannery Offers Specific Suggestions For Action For Both Lawmakers And Individuals The Man from the Other Side From Investing In Renewable Power Sources Like Wind I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project Solar Emma's Pet And Geothermal Energy The Troublesome Angel To Offering An Action Plan With Steps Each And Every One Of Us Can Take Right Now To Reduce Deadly CO Emissions By As Much As Percent This book is excellent and terrifying Tim Flannery is a working Australian scientist mammologist paleontologist not a journalist who lays out the history and science of climate change, likely scenarios for the future, the politics of climate change both good and bad , and at the very end, provides a manifesto for ways to reduce our carbon output individually The species he studies have been deeply impacted by climate changes to date, which means that global warming is not just something he decided to write a book about, but has been interested in for years, and that depth of interest is evident in the depth of evidence in the book.When I think of climate change, I think of many things but most of them are in the past 10 years the hurricane season of 2005, the 8 of the 10 warmest years of the millennium are in the past decade, ice shelf breakups in the polar regions, and so on Flannery cites evidence that we ve been seeing impacts for much longer in human terms , ranging from the drying of the Sahel starting in the 1960 s, the extinction of frogs and other amphibians in the 1980 s and the scary part is that human greenhouse gas emissions have risen dramatically since those impacts started.So as not to make the book a complete downer, Flannery finishes with both a hopeful note the story of the Montreal Protocol to ban CFCs which caused the ozone hole and how that seemed so hopeless in the early 1980 s but actually came about and is now having a positive impact and an action list for individuals to reduce their carbon impact I think I am less hopeful than he as regards our ability to pull off such a large scale change in our behavior, but it s an important aspect of the book to make it not all doom and gloom.Alas, this book is best written for people who believe at some level that humans are responsible for climate change If you think that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the liberal media and a scientist s conspiracy, well, this book is full of scientific citations Of course, I don t think anything will convince the denialists until their house goes underwater for good. Humanity is at or has already passed an historical crossroads By the end of the 21st century possibly by the middle of it enormous changes in the earth s climate and ecosystems will have precipitated equally momentous changes in human society, our economic systems, and in civilization itself.My personal list of writers who have made significant contributions to the scientific, environmental and societal aspects of what we are heading for include people such as Lester R Brown, Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Fred Pearce, Elizabeth Kolbert, and John Michael Greer.Of course the Australian Tim Flannery is also on this list Like Bill McKibben, Flannery s writings span a wide range of subjects His Wiki article describes him as a mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist, and notes that he was named the 2007 Australian of the Year.The Weather Makers is one of Flannery s most influential books, and although the story of climate change is moving fast, the book at seven years of age is probably still worth reading There is a great breadth of material covered, from descriptions of the earth s atmosphere and ecosystems, to the physical chemical mechanics of greenhouse gases, climate modelling, and the sorts of outcomes that can be imagined The index is pretty good, and the notes to each of the 35 chapters should allow an interested reader to track down up to date data and research on most of the topics.In fact, as I ve been looking at it in writing this review, it occurs to me that perhaps I should reread parts of it Although the last thing most people need is another downer book about how the climate is spiraling out of control towards disaster, this book manages to deliver science than opinion and actually offers some reasonable tips on how we can still make a difference if we take the right steps. As someone who studies climate policy in grad school, I found The Weather Makers to be by far the most comprehensive book I ve read on climate change In a brisk 300 pages, Tim Flannery spans the ecology of climate change and its devastating effects on biodiversity, its geological context and how this is different than previous ages , the atmospheric models that inform our understanding of its impacts, the history of international climate negotiations, and the pros and cons of alternatives to fossil fuels This impressive scope has both positive and negative aspects On the one hand, I can t think of a better single book for someone to quickly get up to speed on climate change Flannery truly tells a story with each chapter of the book, and manages to combine engaging writing with in depth detail in many sections On the other hand, such a broad range in a short 300 pages is bound to not cover all subjects in equal depth While Flannery provides a lot of rich detail on how climate change is affecting both terrestrial and marine life he is an ecologist by training in the first 100 150 pages, his sections on energy technologies and policy are fairly thin For example, he introduces and summarily dismisses carbon capture and storage as one option to reduce emissions in all of 2 pages regardless of your opinion on the technology, it surely merits a closer look However, this book can at least provide some overall big picture context to help situate where specific news articles or books fit.Overall, this was a very informative book, and fun to read Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to learn about climate change and the imperative to act now. If, like most people, you have been drifting along, vaguely aware that there might be something called global warming and that it might have some not so good consequences, but you haven t really taken the time to work out how serious it is and whether or not it is something that you could or should do something about then do yourself, the rest of us, and the animals and plants with which we share the world a favor and read this book It is short, easy to understand, based on personal experience and solid research, and is guaranteed to shock you out of your slumbering complacency if you are one of those aforementioned drifters The Weather Makers isn t perfect, but it is effective, and that, for most potential readers, is important Once aware, awake, and concerned, then you can find other books that marshal the scientific evidence carefully and comprehensively if you still have questions about how bad global warming could become and what catastrophic effects it will have , or which give you a wider set of recommendations as to what you can do personally or what needs to be done collectively if you are ready to take action , but you need to wake up to the danger first So read this book and if it works for you then recommend it further to several friends who should recommend it further to various of their friends and so on There may be better reasons to start a chain letter than waking up to the risks of global warming, but if so, I don t know what they might be.Note this review is for the 2005 edition which has apparently been reissued and updated extensively in 2010 I ll post a review for the updated version once I ve read it There s also a young adult edition of this book that was published in 2010. 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- The Weather Makers : How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth
- Tim Flannery
- 17 July 2017 Tim Flannery