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We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Every young person who cares about preserving the planet needs to know what’s inside this book — and follow the authors’ call to action.

First published for an adult readership, THE WEATHER MAKERS received critical kudos for its solid science and powerful message. Now this accessible new edition speaks directly to young adults, offering a clear look at the history of
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published 2006)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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WE ARE THE WEATHER MAKERS is a great book for pre-teens and teens to learn about our climate and how it is changing.

Starting out with how the carbon cycle works and how to learn to offset your carbon footprint, to sustainable energy sources such as the sun and wind power - this book covers it all.

If you want to teach your children to be responsible and help fix our ailing planet, then this book is for you.

Filled with a lot of information and examples of
Ian Banks
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flannery cops a lot of flak from the climate change denial crowd because he makes predictions, some of which haven’t come true. However, in broad terms he gets a lot of stuff right. This book, an edition for younger readers of his earlier The Weather Makers, paints a stark and vivid portrait of our world in just a few decades if nothing is done. What’s worse is that even if we do everything, we will still have the terrible future he portrays because, just as the effects have of climate change ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys learning about our earth
I thought it was a really good book to learn about the weather. It reminded me that global warming is a real thing, and we need to make sure we are watching how fast the world is heating up. This book would also be a good book if you are doing a project about global warming.
Kyle Horne
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Broke down most of the science in easy to understand explanations. Each chapter had a tips you can do to be more Eco friendly and the last part of the book had examples from schools and businesses.
Mehmet Fatih
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Üzerinde yaşadığımız dünyaya verdiğimiz zararın farkına varma, küresel ısınma ve etkileri hakkında güzel bir kitap.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is even scarier as it was written like 12 years ago so everything is now worse lol
Sam Dean
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book made entirely from recycled paper offers loads of facts information about global warming and climate change and how we can be part of the solution. Tim Flannery's book dives deep into global pollution issues and includes a clear explanation of the carbon cycle along with greenhouse gases on Earth and in the atmosphere. It also offers a clear look at the history of climate change, how matters will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a catastrophic future for ...more
Carla Fancelli
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lo sé, lo sé. Este libro me llevo muchísimo tiempo terminarlo - Alrededor de un mes -. Y no, no es porque el libro sea aburrido. En realidad es un libro que me hizo pensar bastante.
"Somos los creadores del clima" esta es una de las grandes afirmaciones del libro, no lo cuestiona, lo afirma. Y es porque así es en realidad.
Este libro nos presenta el tema de 'El calentamiento global', desde un punto informativo. Llevándonos de aquí para allá en temas relacionados. Nos presenta el pasado, el
I am reviewing "We Are the Weather Makers," an adaption by Sally Walker of Tim Flannery's 2001 "The Weather Makers," which I have not read, and intended for a YA audience. I did not realize that the book was geared for teenagers when I grabbed it off of a display at the local library, interested in an introduction to the current science behind climate change. The slightly simplified writing and examples of projects and ideas for activities that teens (or anyone, for that matter) can do to help ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
We Are The Weather Makers is a novel that explains the facts behind climate change in a format that is sometimes just right and sometimes drawn out not too far but far enough for slight boredom and loss of engagememt. However, the book does quite a good job navigating the brittle world of climate change through many of charts and graphics. The commentary on climate change is very scientific and accurate, and the writing is fairly good.

The book very well explains the possible situations that
Emma Refvem
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good unbiased account of the science behind climate change. This "young adult" version was good but I wonder if its focus on application took away some of the structure of the book. The best parts were in the middle talking about possible effects of a future influenced by climate change, with many interesting case study examples. The book ends on some random & dry chapters about alternative energies, but with no strong conclusion. It just trails off and gives some examples of action taken by ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, non-fiction
Not bad. Although the book can be a bit scientific and boring at times, it gives an unbiased account of climate change across the ages. Painting a dismal portrait of today's environment, Flannery talks about the increasing number of endangered species as a result of Global Warming.

While i'm not entirely certain about the imminent danger Global Warming poses, this books raises the caution flags to reduce our (the U.S.) production of CO2 and begin focusing on conservation and cleaner energy. Gas
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a well-written account of global warming - the evidence, the possible effects and the actions that can be taken to reduce them. The book presents an alarming picture of the economic, political and environmental consequences of global warming. The weakness in the book comes from its lack of detail in managing the increasing world-wide consumption of fossil fuels, particularly from developing countries. A more comprehensive statistical analysis of energy needs compared to growth prospects ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, all ages.
Recommended to Ribbleangel by: My environmental science teacher
Shelves: non-fiction
A reall inspiring book. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone, even if they aren't passionate about the environment, because it is so moving and i think it has the ability to change the way bpeople think and live. At times there were to many statistics, and it was hard to read, but by the end i was so interested and inspired by it that i couldn't stop reading it. :)
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Note that this is a simplified adaptation of Tim Flannery's book. It's still quite informative for an adult layperson, but the intended audience is High School upperclassmen.

That's not abundantly clear from the book's cover, so I thought it was worth mentioning here.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great overview of climate change in an engaging voice for an intended teenage audience.
Jan 29, 2016 added it
Not an easy read, however it was very informative.
Surina Suhaimi
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one book that helped me really think about what's happening to our environment and how much we are not doing to save it. We need more people to read this book.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Adaptation of The Weather Makers for young readers with assistance from Sally Walker. Interesting and informative but terribly dense content.
May 27, 2013 marked it as to-read
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this book i am doing for my english assessment. It is absolutely amazing. A must read.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great primer for those wanting to get behind the news headlines and understand what climate change is really about.
The first half of the book is good and lays out a very clear explanation of the case for man made climate change and the likely effects which I found very convincing.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
An easy to read version of his book about climate change. Scary
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finally, a book on climate change which is easy to read and yet covers the science very well. Now we all need to take action.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book about climate change and its ramifications for human society. Full of interesting facts, and very accessible science.
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Tim Flannery is one of Australia's leading thinkers and writers.

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