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The Weather Makers - Tim Flannery

The Weather Makers

Paperback Published: 29th September 2008
ISBN: 9781921351822
Number Of Pages: 352

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What does climate change mean? How will global warming affect our lives? Is it the cause of wilder storms and more frequent droughts? Are these events inevitable?

Tim Flannery makes this urgent issue completely accessible. He tells the fascinating story of climate change over millions of years to help us understand the predicament we face. By burning fossil fuels we are increasing the levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, causing our planet to become warmer.

Every nation is affected differently by these changes but we have one thing in common-we are now the weather makers, and the new climate we are creating threatens the future of our civilisation.

Tim Flannery shows how we can all help to combat these problems. You may be surprised at how much you can do. The Weather Makers will change your life.

About the Author

Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, described by Sir David Attenborough as being 'in the league of the all-time great explorers like Dr David Livingstone’. His books include The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier, Throwim Way Leg, A Gap in Nature and Country.

Industry Reviews

`Shocking... straight-talking... refreshingly different' - Guardian

`A hymn to life... Flannery's climatic epic on the erosion of life on Earth is an epitaph and a cause for hope' - Richard Mabey

`A magnificent book; exciting, poetic, passionate' - Redmond O'Hanlon

`If you are not already addicted to Tim Flannery's writing, discover him' - Jared Diamond

`It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book' - Bill Bryson

`Think Indiana Jones Crossed with Charles Darwin' - Financial Times

Foreword - xvii
Map - xviii
The Slow Awakening - 1

Part 1: Gaia's Tools
Gaia - 11
The Great Aerial Ocean - 19
The Gaseous Greenhouse - 27
The Sages and the Onion Skin - 36
Time's Gateways - 45
Born in the Deep-Freeze - 54
Making the Long Summer - 63
Digging Up the Dead - 69

Part 2: One in Ten Thousand
The Unravelling World - 83
Peril at the Poles - 95
2050: The Great Stumpy Reef? - 104
A Warning from the Golden Toad - 114
Liquid Gold: Changes in Rainfall - 123
An Energetic Onion Skin - 135
Playing at Canute - 142

Part 3: The Science of Prediction
Model Worlds - 153
The Commitment, and Approaching Extreme Danger - 166
Levelling the Mountains - 171
How Can They Keep On Moving? - 178
Boiling the Abyss - 184
The Pack of Jokers - 189
Civilisation: Out With A Whimper? - 203

Part 4: People in Greenhouses
A Close-Run Thing - 213
The Road to Kyoto - 222
Cost, Cost, Cost - 232
People In Greenhouses Shouldn't Tell Lies - 239
Engineering Solutions? - 249
Last Steps on the Stairway to Heaven? - 258

Part 5: The Solution
Bright as Sunlight, Light as Wind - 267
Nuclear Lazarus? - 272
Of Hybrids, Minicats and Contrails - 279
The Last Act of God? - 284
2084: The Carbon Dictatorship? - 290
Time's Up - 296
Over to You - 302

Postscript - 307
Afterword - 308
Climate Change Checklist - 316
Green Power - 317
Acknowledgments - 318
Illustrations - 319
References - 320
References - 320
Index - 338

ISBN: 9781921351822
ISBN-10: 1921351829
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th September 2008
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

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Tim Flannery

About the Author


Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

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