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The Weather Makers

The Weather Makers: The History & Future Impact of Climate Change

Tim Flannery

  • awardWinner, General Non-fiction Book of the Year, 2006 Australian Book Industry Awards
  • awardWinner, Gleebooks Prize, 2006 NSW Literary Awards
  • awardWinner, Non-fiction Prize, 2006 Lannan Foundation Literary Awards
  • awardShortlisted, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, 2006 NSW Literary Awards
  • awardShortlisted, Age Book of the Year Awards
  • awardShortlisted, Non-fiction Book of the Year, 2006 Walkley Awards
  • 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 differently affected 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.

    Tim Flannery
    About the Author

    Tim Flannery is a scientist, an explorer, a conservationist and a leading writer on climate change. He has held various academic positions including visiting Professor in Evolutionary and Organismic Biology at Harvard University, Director of the South Australian Museum, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum, Professorial Fellow...

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    352pp, illus.
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    29 September 2008
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    ’It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book.’

    ‘Of the doomsday clocks ticking toward midnight, climate change is the most fearful. To learn what is known, one cannot do better than read Tim Flannery’s eloquent and authoritative account in The Weather Makers. Understanding is the first step toward salvation.’

    ‘At last, here is a clear and readable account of one of the most important but controversial issues facing everyone in the world today. If you are not already addicted to Tim Flannery’s writing, discover him now: this is his best book yet.’

    ‘Climate change is perhaps the most challenging collective action problem the world has faced. Almost uniquely, The Weather Makers provides insights not only into the history, science, and politics of climate change, but also the actions people can take now that will make a difference. Only through understanding can problems be properly addressed and solved. All who read The Weather Makers will be left wiser and able to appreciate how fragile our climate is and how it is this generation who must act to protect it.’

    ‘Tim Flannery’s epic book deals remorselessly with these familiar signs of acute planetary stress, but adds something quite special. In lucid and authoritative prose, he details what the implications of global heating will be for the intricacy of life on Earth. He sees a terrible unravelling of the links that have bound Earth’s fabulously rich biosphere together, and in his exquisite delineation of their history and imminent endangerment his book becomes a hymn to life.‘

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