The Weather Makers
|Published||2005 (Text Publishing)|
The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change (2005) is a book by Tim Flannery.
The book includes 36 short essays predicting the consequences of global warming. The book reviews evidence of historical climate change and attempts to compare this with the current era. The book argues that if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to increase at current rates, the resulting climate change will cause mass species extinctions. The book also asserts that global temperatures have already risen enough to cause the annual monsoon rains in the Sahel region of Africa to diminish, causing droughts and desertification. This in turn, according to Flannery, has caused the conflict in the Darfur region through competition for disappearing resources. Further consequences, argued in the book, include increasing hurricane intensity, and decline in the health of coral reefs.
The final third of the book discusses proposed solutions. Flannery advocates individual action as well as international and governmental actions. He argues that a few industries such as the coal industry, currently responsible for 40% of the energy consumed in the U.S., remain opponents of needed action. The book retraces the evidence that the administration, motivated by coal-industry donations to the Republican party, undermines political action by omitting mention of climate change from government documents. The book cites evidence against the argument that conservation is bad for economies.
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Hell and High Water
- Chasing Kangaroos
- List of Australian environmental books
- Storms of My Grandchildren
- The Weather of the Future
- Requiem for a Species
- "Flannery takes top gong at Premier's Literary Awards" ABC News Online 23 May 2006
- "Le bosniaque Aleksandar Hemon reçoit le 1er prix Jan-Michalski". LivresHebdo (in French). 18 November 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- "The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature 2010". Foundation Jan Michalski. November 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Summary of the book in The Quarterly Conversation
- NPR review
- Review at Salon.com
- The Threat to the Planet July 13, 2006 by James Hansen in The New York Review of Books