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Preview — The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
Flannery's writing is beautiful and lucid: it is infused with a ro...more
Not so long ago, climate c...more
Was interesting to see how much Flannery quotes Alfred Russel Wallace, of The Malay Archipelago The land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise a narrative of travel with studies of man and nature. I've never read later Wallace, understanding that his later works devolve into weird late-Victorian spiritualism. But Fl...more
I am not a scientist. Before reading this book I kind of understood the terms “greenhouse effect”, “global warming”, etc. After reading this book I feel like I truly understand these terms and so much more about our climate and all the factors that influence it.
Flannery notes what is being done now and by whom – which countries are m...more
I found tidbits very interesting - there was evidence presented I had not heard about before. But most of it was not quite in depth enough for my taste. A perfect introduction for someone who knows nothing about global warming, and a cursory understanding (if any) of the physical sciences.
His section on the sheer impossibility on carbon sequestration for instance is a joy to read. Not a word wasted and the coal industry fantasy is shot down in flames.
That's not a great recommendation, but I do highly recommend this book because it finally puts all the pieces of the puzzle together in a way that the layman like myself can readily grasp -- you no longer have to take their word for it that CO2 is rising and driving global warming (like in "An Inconvenient Truth"). It's there...more
Things I liked:
Structure: The first section contextualises the issue; second section makes the argument that things are pretty bad and getting worse; the third section provides some angles on actions that can be taken and provides additional detail and supporting arguments. The structure works...more
This was especially interesting to read 6 years after it was published because Flannery does make some short term predictions about the state of the Earth's climate. He notes the current (2005) price of oil at $40 per barr...more
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...more
Divided into five main sections, Flannery uses short chapters to advance the reader’s understanding of climate change. While the language is not “...more
Every sentence of this book is more dire than the last. I don’t know how he did it. I’ve heard of a kind of Japanese art that involves lookin...more
The arguments, evidence, and conclusions should surprise few readers in Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe and Flannery's The Weather Makers. Given existing scientific knowledge, neither author (and no critic) doubts that global warming is real, with terrible consequences looming ahead.<P>The difference between the books largely comes down to tone and style. Kolbert, a reporter for the New Yorker, provides an excellent primer on climate change. Praised for her elegance and accessibil...more
Like Field Notes by Kolbert, this book tackles the issue of global warming by providing background info, but Weather Makers is much more personable. Flannery gives his own impressions on global warming and its history AND proposes possible solutions to global warming. Kolbert's Field Notes was a saturati...more
Si vous voulez continuer tranquillement à dormir les yeux ouverts sur la tempête qui se profile à l'horizon, alors ne le lisez pas.
Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers, which also came out at the same time, is way more interesting, way more original, and way more inflammatory to boot. Amusingly, given that he's a scientist and the other two are writers, Flannery's book is much better written, but also plays more loosely with the line between what is known and not known. I'd recommend Kolbert for a primer on...more
This book illustrates the current state of our world's ecology and gives a realistic sense of the looming train wreck ahead of us. That sense of fear one gets from gothic horror fiction permeates this decidedly...more
But the message is clear: it's too bigger risk not to do something,...more
An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and in 2006 won the NSW Premiers Literary Prizes for B...more