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- File Size: 269 KB
- Print Length: 47 pages
- Publisher: James Lawrence Powell (9 Sept. 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005LYTHZO
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Powell doesn't even need to go back beyond 2010 to pull out a string of severe weather events and broken temperature records that fit precisely what climate science has been telling us for decades. The wonder of an ebook meant that I was surprised to see reference to something dated last Wednesday (Texas wildfires).
A laundry list of climate disasters might make for boring reading but Powell manages to keep you glued to the page by organizing his book into an easy flow of short pieces on the weather offenders: heat; drought; wildfire; rain, snow & floods; and major storms. He includes personal stories from those experiencing these impacts of climate change as well as observations of professionals. He's merciful too in that the book itself is readable in one sitting.
I was especially impressed with Powell's treatment of the facts that the Governors of Texas and Oklahoma had made public calls for prayers for rain as a response to 2011 drought.
Everybody knows what "global" means.
Everybody knows what "warming" means.
Put it together and it means "the world getting hotter."
Next winter when a scientifically challenged associate of yours remarks, "So much for all that Global Warming crap! Look at all this snow!" You'll have an opportunity to educate someone as to what global warming really means.
It doesn't mean that we're never going to get snow.
It doesn't mean that it's going to be warm all of the time.
It doesn't mean the oceans are going to boil.
All it means is that the bell-shaped curve of weather events is going to get shifted over. There's going to be a new "average."
That doesn't mean that there isn't going to ever be day with nice weather in the future.
It means that the average temperature has risen and will keep rising.
Powell has written about some complex and confusing science and the effects of the problem in a very accessible way by using lots of illustrative examples. That's commendable. He gives you an appreciation of the spate of natural disasters we're experiencing in 2011 and are likely to experience in the future.
In Europe in the summer of 2003, the Danube fell to its lowest level in 100 years, exposing WWII tanks and unexploded bombs that had been submerged for six decades.
Also in 2003 during the longest, hottest summer in Europe's history, 46,000 people died because of the heat, most of them in France.
The weather extremes are the real harbinger of climate change and James Lawrence Powell documents the extremes we're experiencing as recently as August and Hurricane Irene, which was the tenth U.S. weather disaster in 2011 to cause $1 billion or more in damages. That's a record for any year in our 200-year history of charting the weather. We still have four months to go.
Heat, droughts, wildfires, rainfall, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes and cyclones: every year the worst the weather can deliver is rewriting the record books for the devastation and the suffering that's resulting.
Powell builds a compelling case that because of global warming we are slipping rapidly toward a tipping point the other side of which is a place almost beyond imagining. Compelling but scary stuff.
As Powell says, "In the last two years, our planet has undergone a series of extreme weather events that have broken tens of thousands of records. . . . The earth has experienced record high daytime temperatures, droughts, wildfires rainfall, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, and cyclones, exactly the events that climate scientists have predicted global warming will make more common and more extreme. To this author, there is simply no question that this collection constitutes a 'preponderance of evidence' that global warming has well and truly begun and the time to act is now."
Because this book is an ebook, Powell was able to post it in an especially timely manner: I read it shortly after Hurricane Irene devastated the US east coast and he opens the book with a discussion of Irene. I hope he will consider issuing revised editions as the inevitable future weather extremes occur.