Winds of Change Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations

ISBN-10: 0684863537
ISBN-13: 9780684863535
Edition: N/A
Authors: Eugene Linden
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Description: The Winds of Changeplaces climate change, global warming, and the resulting instability in historical context and sounds an urgent warning for the future.

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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 6/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The Winds of Changeplaces climate change, global warming, and the resulting instability in historical context and sounds an urgent warning for the future.

Award winning journalist Eugene Linden is the author of books, articles and essays about science, technology and the environment. He has written a thought provoking, insightful book, "The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming Instability" (1998). In this book, Linden presents the thesis that rapid change is eminent and evident in climate conditions, the spread of infectious disease, volatile economic conditions, loss of biodiversity and other clues. The reader is then projected to 2050 as Linden presents the consequences of this instability. Somewhat of a doomsayer, the author's vision is not a pretty one: lethal plagues, deadly famine, catastrophic storms, economic collapse and more. But in the final analysis, some small hope is offered. "Over the millennia, humanity has proved to be an artful dodger of fate, a defier of limits, a surmounter of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and a master escape artist from traps laid by nature. Only the very brave or fool hardy would assert flatly that our resourceful species has finally exhausted its bag of tricks. Still, it is very late in the game." Other books by Linden include "Apes, Men and Language" (1974), "The Alms Race: the Impact of American Voluntary Aid Abroad" (1976), "Affluence and Discontent: the Anatomy of Consumer Societies" (1979), and "Silent Partners: the Legacy of the Ape Language Experiments" (1986), a New York Times notable book. Linden has been writing for Time magazine since 1987. Some of his award winning cover stories are "Doomed" (1995) exploring endangered tigers, "Megacities" (1993), dealing with overpopulation and "The World's Last Eden" (1992) about rain forest destruction. The author is a frequent guest on radio and television shows from Firing Line to Good Morning America and a contributor to a wide range of periodicals from The Wall Street Journal to National Geographic. .

Preface
Opening Arguments
A Matter of Emphasis
The Deep Past: Climate as Creator
Destroyer
The First Victim
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Disease, Migration, Conflict, and Famine
Empty Promises of Water: The Collapse of the Mayans
The Little Ice Age: Five Hundred Years of Climate Chaos
Evidence
Climate Comes into Focus
The Gears of Global Climate
Proxy Wars I: Ice
Proxy Wars II: Mud
Cross-Examination and Redirect
The Mystery of Tell Leilan
Scorched Earth
Is It Little Ice Age, or Ages?
El Ni�o: The Killer Next Door
El Ni�o: How It Works
El Ni�o Meets Empire
A Taste of Things to Come?
The Elephant in the Room
The Tides of Public Opinion
Water Moving Through Water
Closing Arguments: Are We Next?
Going Forward Sea Change: Afterword to the Paperback
Edition Chronology: The Accelerating Pace of Climate Change and Scientific Discovery
Acknowledgments
Index

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