Storm World

Storm World : Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming

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One of the leading environmental journalists and bloggers working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in global meteorology and weather forecasting: whether the increasing ferocity and frequency of hurricanes are connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the lives and careers of the two leading scientists on either side of the debate through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how government, the media, big business, and politics influence the ways in which weather patterns are predicted, charted, and even defined.Mooney written a fascinating and urgently compelling book that calls into question the great inconvenient truth of our day: Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are?
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 35.81mm | 675.85g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Illustrations, 1 map
  • 0151012873
  • 9780151012879
  • 1,302,474

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One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific dispute. As Mooney puts it: "Scientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds."
Mooney--a native of New Orleans--has written a fascinating and nuanced book on one of the most urgently compelling offshoots of the global warming debate: are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are?
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PRAISE FOR "STORM WORLD"
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"Mooney chose to walk a minefield in attempting to assess a controversial and quickly evolving field in climate research. He not only succeeded in producing a fair and accurate description of the science, but produced a fascinating read as well."--Climatologist Michael Mann of RealClimate.org ""Storm World" is a gripping story about the controversy and strong personalities surrounding hurricanes and the issue of global warming, where scientists and politicians--and their often clashing agendas--collide."--Rick Anthes, President, American Meteorological Society and President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research ""Storm World" is of unique importance to all with environmental interests, especially those who find themselves conflicted on one of the world's most important issues: the significance of global warming, its potential impact on the environment, and in particular on the frequency and strength of destructive hurricanes."--Dr. Robert Simpson, former director of the National Hurricane Center, and Dr. Joanne Simpson, former President of the American Meteorological Society and recipient of a Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award. PRAISE FOR "THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE "
"Nothing short of a landmark in contemporary political reporting."--"Salon.com""" "A well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists . . . Thankfully, Mooney is both a wonk and a clear writer."--"Scientific American"
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"Riveting."--The Boston Globe ..". a well-researched, nuanced book ..."--The New York Times "Storm World ... skillfully anatomizes the scientific and political debate over hurricanes and global warming."--The Washington Post Book World "The author's thorough research is evident throughout, and he does a fine job of sifting through complexities and presenting the science in an engaging and readable package. ... In Storm World, Mooney catches real science in the act and, in so doing, weaves a story as intriguing as it is important."--The Los Angeles Times "In Storm World, Mooney serves his readers as both an empiricist who gathers data and an analyst who puts it into context. The result is an important book, whose author succeeds admirably in both his roles."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer PRAISE FOR THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE "Nothing short of a landmark in contemporary political reporting."--SALON.COM

"A well-researched, closely argued, and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists."--Boyce Rensenberger, Scientfic American

"Addresses a vitally important topic and gets it basically right."--John Horgan, New York Times Book Review
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About Chris Mooney

CHRIS MOONEY is the Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and author of The Republican War on Science. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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128 ratings
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4 44% (56)
3 22% (28)
2 16% (20)
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