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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!!
This book clearly sets out the facts and science of climate change and is easy and enjoyable to read.
Climate change has the potential to have a major impact on each of our lives either as individuals, consumers, business men/women, investors etc.
This book gives you a clear picture of what is actually happening through examples and clearly taking you through...
Published on 12 Mar 2006

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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An emotional plea for change!
I must admit, I didn't enjoy Flannery's style. It seemed to me that he often tries to shock rather than sift through the pros and cons while patiently explaining why it can be so difficult to make exact predictions.
Flannery is an impatient main on a crusade.
On top of that his pet topic - "Gaia", the world as one living organism that keeps (and...
Published on 9 Jan 2006


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14 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read BUT ignores the sceptical environmentalist, 12 Mar 2006
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I read this book with delight and learnt lots. Flannery is a great writer - his 'Future Eaters' is a wonderful natural history of Australia and New Zealand. However, the big debate on climate change must involve Bjorn Lomborg, whose book 'The Sceptical Environmentalist' poses a serious challenge to the those who think the environment is poses the number one threat to humanity. I was amazed the Flannery does not once mention Lomborg, not even in the index. This left me uncertain as to how robust the more alarmist elements of Flannery's argument might be. One example: Flannery mentions rising cancer rates due to ozone depletion near the South Pole: but when looked at carefully these may be isolated examples of questionable significance.
So: read Flannery with a dose of scepticism - but read him!
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10 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars readable authoritative, but..., 3 April 2006
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H Marcuse (Wollongong NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
A great survey of Climate Change.
But: Tim Flannery says Jet Plane travel contrails may cool the earth.
But George Monbiot says the opposite
"The water vapour they produce forms ice crystals in the upper troposphere (vapour trails and cirrus clouds) which trap the earth's heat."
I fear that Tim is a frequent flier and seeks to justify his trips. I know I do. I dont have a car, but I spend 30 hours a year in jets, which must be a couple of tons of carbon...
- what does seem clear is that while experts disagree, the populace will stick to their speedy chariots.
At least TF is a biologist. James Lovelock in his alarming little book says colder = more forests, which contradicts TF and every paleoclimatologist I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition, 6 Aug 2009
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Dax Wood (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Weather Makers: Our Changing Climate and what it means for Life on Earth (Paperback)
The item was sent promptly and was well packaged allowing it to remain in its great condition.
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9 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grow Up, 26 July 2007
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Matthew Harrison "matski" (Kununurra, W Australia) - See all my reviews
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I can remember a time when this kind of environmental babble only ever appeared on John Cravens Newsround, it always ended with some cute story about a polar bear or something. Hey, those kids grew up and brought the news with them! So according to Flannery the climate is warming up and everything is going to get worse, not just most things but everything! You might think that some animals or plants or humans might enjoy things a little warmer? No, its all bad! So who is to blame for all this? Well we all know by now, its your fault and all those pesky humans that used fossil fuel to try and make life more barable for themselves. Nevermind about the fact that before the industrial revolution average life expectancy was about 35 years in the UK. But hey dont thank humanity for progressing to the stage where people like yourself can enjoy all the benefits of modern life. So, Flannery tells us how he lives in his eco cabin in some forest in Australia, great, but if it wasnt for "polution" he would be dead or at best sat shivering in a cave wondering where his next meal was coming from.

Matt, W. Australia
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