The Weather Makers
Not so long ago, climate c...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
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
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
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
Flannery's writing is beautiful and lucid: it is infused with a ro...more
But the message is clear: it's too bigger risk not to do something,...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
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
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
Divided into five main sections, Flannery uses short chapters to advance the reader’s understanding of climate change. While the language is not “...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
Sometimes there was a bit too much detail on certain topics. But luckily, the book is made up of lots of short chapters (over 30 I think), which made it easy to skip a couple of chapters that I was less interested in.
In the end, a very g...more
Strangely reminded me of reading The Road or even Libra, these were not easy books and disappointment lurked on every page. But at least we don't know how Weather Makers ends.
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