The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Aug 24, 2010 - Science - 352 pages
28 Reviews

Droughts. Floods.
Climate refugees.
Global warming isn't just about polar bears anymore.

Let's assume we do nothing about climate change. Imagine that we just continue to emit carbon at our current levels or even exceed those levels. How would our weather change? What would our forecast be? Welcome to The Weather of the Future.

In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Heidi Cullen, one of the world's foremost climatologists and environmental journalists, puts a vivid face on climate change, offering a new way of seeing this phenomenon not just as an event set to happen in the distant future but as something happening right now in our own backyards. Arguing that we must connect the weather of today with the climate change of tomorrow, Cullen combines the latest research from scientists on the ground with state-of-the-art climate-model projections to create climate-change scenarios for seven of the most at-risk locations around the world.

From the Central Valley of California, where coming droughts will jeopardize the entire state's water supply, to Greenland, where warmer temperatures will give access to mineral wealth buried beneath ice sheets for millennia, Cullen illustrates how, if left unabated, climate change will transform every corner of the world by midcentury. What emerges is a mosaic of changing weather patterns that collectively spell out the range of risks posed by global warming—whether it's New York City, whose infrastructure is extremely vulnerable to even a relatively weak category 3 hurricane, or Bangladesh, a country so low-lying that millions of people could become climate refugees due to rising sea levels.

Provocative and convincing, The Weather of the Future makes climate change local, showing how no two regions of the country or the world will be affected in quite the same way, and demonstrating that melting ice is just the beginning.

  

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Review: The Weather of the Future

User Review  - John Kaufmann - Goodreads

Probably a 3.5 rather than a 4. This book starts with a good historical background in the science of global warming. It then proceeds to discuss how climate change will affect a few particular areas ... Read full review

Review: The Weather of the Future

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

This was an interesting and frightening book. Cullen describes what has already been happening to the climate and projects what models predict. While prediction is difficult and modeling is difficult ... Read full review

Contents

Climate and Weather together
3
Seeing Climate Change in our Past
12
the Science of Prediction
31
extreme Weather Autopsies and the FortyYear Forecast
50
The Weather of the future
61
the Sahel Africa
63
the Great Barrier Reef Australia
89
Central Valley California
115
Dhaka Bangladesh
197
new York new York
227
The Trillionth Ton
261
United States Climate Change Almanac
273
New York Statistics
297
The Worlds Most Vulnerable Places
299
Notes
303
Acknowledgments
313

Inuit nunaat Canada
149
Greenland
173
Greenland
174
Index
317
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About the author (2010)

Dr. Heidi Cullen is a senior research scientist with Climate Central, a nonprofit climate news and research organization, and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

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