Book review- The Weather Makers

Dec 06, 2014
Book review- The Weather Makers

The Weather Makers: Our Changing Climate and what it means for Life on Earth
by Tim Flannery [Grove Press; New Ed edition, 2007;
Amazon UK paperback;
Amazon US
paperback/kindle US/audio CD]

Publisher’s synopsis: An international bestseller embraced and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy industry executives from around the world, Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to national prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, current status, and future impact of climate change, writing what has been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere as the definitive book on global warming.

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. Originally somewhat of a global warming skeptic, Tim Flannery spent several years researching the topic and offers a connect-the-dots approach for a reading public who has received patchy or misleading information on the subject. Pulling on his expertise as a scientist to discuss climate change from a historical perspective, Flannery also explains how climate change is interconnected across the planet.

This edition includes a new afterword by the author.

My first impression: Before I purchased this book at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, I randomly opened it and landed in chapter ten, “Peril at the Poles”. I was immediately captivated by the shining prose, by the well-chosen data, and by the coherent yet passionate argument. Although published in 2007, this book’s message is even more important, more relevant and more compelling today. An eye-opening (although chilling) must-read.

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