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The Weather Makers

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Australian Humanist of the Year

Jan Michalski Prize for Literature

Lannan Literary Award for Non-fiction

New South Wales Australian of the Year

New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards' Gleebooks Prize for Critical Writing

About the Book

The groundbreaking number one international bestseller and "one of the most important books of this young century" (David Suzuki)

Climate change is real, and it will affect all of us. From desertification to rising ocean levels, from killer storms to wildlife extinction, we’re already seeing the effects of human activity on the most sensitive part of the global ecosystem. In this extraordinary book, Tim Flannery not only describes the problem of global warming and climate change, he suggests in detail how the world can act to solve it.

More than just a #1 bestseller across Canada, The Weather Makers is an international publishing phenomenon that has won praise from critics, scientists and world leaders. Flannery’s clear explanations and practical suggestions bring an issue of monumental scope and importance down to the individual level, making us aware of how everyday activities contribute to climate change and what we can do, personally and collectively, to work against this urgent crisis.

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Critical Praise

“One of the world’s great science writers . . . An authoritative and maddeningly important book.” —The Globe and Mail

“Shows us that we no longer have any excuse for letting our governments deceive us about the earth’s vulnerability . . . sobering.” —Vancouver Sun

“This is one of the most important books of this young century . . . An urgent call to action that we cannot afford to ignore.” —David Suzuki

“It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book.” —Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods

“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.” —Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse

“Thoroughly researched, closely reasoned, and eloquently written, The Weather Makers is a book of the utmost importance to everyone on Earth.” —Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress

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.” —John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate

“An authoritative, scientifically accurate book on global warming that sparkles with life, clarity, and intelligence.” —Washington Post

“Simple, doable advice, superb science writing, and fascinating speculation combine to make The Weather Makers a great book, one even skeptics will like.” —Edmonton Journal

“Proof that truth isn’t just stranger than fiction, it is also far more terrifying. Flannery has done a superb job.” —Hamilton Spectator

“Captures your imagination through its extraordinary range of argument, its vivid imagery, its wealth of research, quick wit and richness of detail. It succeeds where equally worthy but more prosaic recent books have failed.” —Sydney Morning Herald

“A powerful and persuasive book, sure to provoke strong reaction.” —Kirkus

“If you are not yet convinced of the gravity of the problem, or our capacity to solve it, you should buy and read this compelling book.” —The Age (Australia)

“Catastrophic weather seems to be occurring more frequently - and the technology to cut CO2 emissions exists now. Is there a global will to do so? With The Weather Makers, Tim Flannery delivers an almighty wallop to that debate.” —The Monthly (Australia)

“Powerfully written.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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.” —Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“The finest account of the overwhelming science behind global warming. Flannery gives us a terrifying glimpse of the future.” —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Finally, a book about a global crisis that people can understand.” —Sharon Butala, author of The Perfection of the Morning

“A racy read is not what you expect from a scientist, especially when it’s a book about climate change. But Tim Flannery is a straight-talking Australian and perhaps that is what gives his book its refreshingly different perspective.” —The Guardian (UK)

“Magisterial” —New Scientist

“This is the book the world has been waiting for–and needing–for decades.” —Internationally renowned author and ethicist

“This is a magnificent book; exciting, poetic, passionate–and full of knowledge we all need and can act upon before it’s too late.” —Redmond O’Hanlon

“Until The Weather Makers, nobody since Bill McKibben had told the tale of what this global warming beast will be like as it awakens.” —John Passacantando, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

“Presented with a vast array of information in a readable in convincing way, The Weather Makers shows clearly that decisive action is needed now.” —Chief Emeka Anyaoku, President, World Wildlife Fund International

“This concise and elegantly written book arms us with the facts we need to change our ways (and the calamitous ways of our handlers. Tremendously informative. Essential reading.” —Joy Williams, author of Ill Nature

“It is difficult to misunderstand the convincing connections presented in this landmark book, which should be read by everyone concerned with the world’s future.” —Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden

“An amazingly clear and comprehensive tour of the complex climate change world.” —Stephen H. Schneider, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

“Flannery elucidates complex concepts in climatology, paleontology, and economics.” —Bookmarks Magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780002008310
  • ISBN 10: 0002008319
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 01/09/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
  • BISAC2: NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection

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