The Weather of the Future
Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet
By Heidi Cullen
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061726941, 352pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Dr. Heidi Cullen, one of the worlds foremost climatologists and environmental journalists, offers a new way of viewing the climate-change phenomenon, not as some future event but as something happening right now in our own backyard. In this groundbreaking, provocative work, Dr. Cullen combines the latest scientific research with state-of-the-art climate-model projections to create climate-change scenarios for seven of the most at-risk locations around the globe.
From the Central Valley of California, where coming droughts will jeopardize the entire states water supply, to New York City, whose infrastructure is extremely vulnerable to even a relatively weak Category 3 hurricane, 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 midcenturyand no two regions will be affected in quite the same way.
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.
This summer of record-breaking heat followed a spring that brought some of the most extreme weather on record. In her book The Weather of the Future, climatologist Heidi Cullen writes, "It's time to face the fact that the weather isn't what it used to be." More at NPR.org
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“Vivid and compelling, this book shows what life will be like in a warming world. Essential reading for anyone who’s planning to inhabit the planet for the next few decades.”
-Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe
In this important and timely book, Heidi Cullen breaks ground...simplifying the connection between weather and climate and bringing the true impact of the problem, literally, right to your front door.
-Laurie David, Academy Award winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth
“A scorching vision of what life might be like in the warmer world that is already on its way. ”
-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“Heidi Cullen’s beautifully crafted study provides the human detail that has been missing from most reports on climate science…This book sets a new benchmark for accessible writing on the likely weather of the future.”
“In an accessible way, [Cullen] details the Earth’s climate history and forecasts what might happen if we’re not more careful.”
-New York Post
“[Cullen] accepts weather as a local matter, just as Tip O’Neill, longtime speaker of the House of Representatives, proclaimed all politics to be local...The Weather of the Future,” uses a broad itinerary to illustrate the threats she perceives.”
“Fact-filled and entertaining yet disturbing depiction of our world as temperatures rise...A lively and troubling but not entirely doomsday scenario of our warmer future.”
“Engrossing…the book presents a surprisingly optimistic view of humanity’s determination to come to terms with a daunting future.”
“This is a woman to whom attention must be paid.”