For the last few years, and especially in 2011, a new extreme weather event seems to pop up each week. Some decide to stick around: Texas and Oklahoma have been suffering from historic droughts for six months, with no sign of relief. No sooner does Hurricane Irene disappear than Tropical Storm Lee appears to flood Louisiana and stir up wildfires in nearby Texas. We seem beset by more, and more extreme, heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, torrential rainstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards than any of us can remember. Are we witnessing just the normal ups and downs of the weather or is the climate changing? This book arms listeners with the facts about the recent extreme weather so that they can answer that question for themselves.
Rough Winds: Extreme Weather and Climate Change is authored by James Lawrence Powell, who holds a PhD in Geochemistry from MIT. Through his work Powell employs and validates scientific proof of global warming and its destructive effects. In this text Powell steers clear of impassioned rebuttals. Instead he explains the causes of damaging weather events, proving that climate change triggered their occurrence. His calm, fact-based rhetoric enables even skeptics to come to their own conclusions. Powell also explains that there will never be a set pattern of weather by which to judge whether climate change is real. But his concise arguments show that as warming continues there will an increase in hostile weather events. Deft voice actor Mirron Willis narrates this illuminating text.
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