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Great British Weather Disasters - Philip Eden

Great British Weather Disasters


Published: 26th November 2009
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Weather correspondent Philip Eden has written a fascinating book, balancing just the right amount of science with illustrations and practical language. He asks and answers some difficult questions that must be discussed. Disaster books traditionally feed on hype, sensationalism and bad science.

Eden manages to redress the balance. What then is the place of weather disasters in our climate? Are they freaks or a necessary part of the whole? How rare are meteorological event does it take to cause chaos in our day-to-day lives? Are we becoming more at risk and less capable of dealing with them? Or do we just complain more? These days we try and mitigate the effects of different hazards, by acquiring personal and property protection - individually, personally and politically.

So what is the role of local and central government, the insurance industry, the media and the public? And how do we actually measure disaster? By rarity, insurance cost, death toll, recovery times etc? Can we merge all these so we can compare -say- the 1976 drought with the 1891 blizzard? Can we rank disasters? 15,000 died in the European heatwave of August 2003. Is this the shape of things to come?

What will happen if the Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Drift stops flowing? Here are just a few of Philip Eden's topics in a book which will be riveting to readers.

About the Author

Philip Eden is the weather correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and appears regularly on radio and television. He is also Vice President of the Royal Meteorological Society and Director of the Chilterns Observatory Trust.

Mention -Book News, February 2009

Setting the scene
Coping with the hazard
The nature of the hazard
Snowstorms - two case studies
Fog and smog - two case studies
Summer floods - two case studies
Destructive gales - two case studies
Droughts - two case studies
Compare and Contrast
...and the next disaster please
A chronology of disaster: severe weather events in the UK from 1901 to 2008
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ISBN: 9781441145918
ISBN-10: 1441145915
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: 26th November 2009
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.9  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.465
Edition Number: 1