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Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming

Storm World Hurricanes Politics and the Battle Over Global Warming One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today Chris Mooney delves into a red hot debate in meteorology whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global war

  • Title: Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming
  • Author: Chris C. Mooney
  • ISBN: 9780151012879
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red hot debate in meteorology whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, speciaOne of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red hot debate in meteorology whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific debate As Mooney puts it Scientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds Mooney a native of New Orleans has written a fascinating and urgently compelling book that calls into question the great inconvenient truth of our day Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are

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      Chris Mooney is an energy and environment reporter for the Washington Post.

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    1. I'm going to preface this review by saying that I'm a meteorologist who is all for reducing GHG emissions. But *Sigh* Another journalist posing as an objective reporter, and almost pulls it off. In this round, Mooney actually does a really good job of summarizing the history of hurricane science, and the inductive vs. deductive clash between two of its most famous names. But ultimately this is an over-simplification of the debate, and from a somewhat "insider" perspective, it seems Mooney has on [...]


    2. Storm World is basically a history of hurricane science, starting with the 1800s but focusing most on the years 2004-2006, when the author met with leading experts in the field and attended all of the major research conferences. This was a unique period for the hurricane research community, as a combination of major US hurricane landfalls and new research linking global warming to increasing hurricane activity threw the hurricane researchers directly into the national spotlight. The major streng [...]


    3. A lot of history on hurricanes and the science behind that. I enjoyed the book but it wasn't a page turner.


    4. Review title: Change in the weatherStorm World provides a fast-moving history of hurricane measurement and forecasting, and an insight into the surprisingly tempestuous splits in the forecasting community. Historically, hurricane researchers had focused on gathering data and looking for patterns in the data to understand the conditions that fostered hurricanes and fed them to higher levels of fury. Then, with the advent of computing power, some turned their attention to creating models that coul [...]


    5. I think the human element in "objective" science is fascinating. Mooney does a great job showing how the personalities, methodological frameworks and ideologies shape what we know about global warming and hurricane intensity. He sets up the primary rift in the debate as based on methodology: empirical meteorologists tend to think that there is not enough evidence to know if the warmer oceans are causing stronger storms, while scientists who use mathematical models to predict weather outcomes hav [...]


    6. Ho-hum. I better understand the politics and battles within the fields that study hurricanes and weather forecasting after reading this book, but I can't say that I care too much. Basically, we know enough to be able to say that humans are impacting global climate change and that ocean temperatures and other key factors linked to hurricanes are being altered as a result. That's all. How will these changes affect hurricanes in the future? Nobody agrees. The author makes some weak statements about [...]


    7. Storm World looks at the state of science relating global warming and their relation to hurricanes. What is their relationship? The evidence isn't clear. Scientists have established a link between human activity and global warming, and a link between global warming and rising sea temperatures, but how these rising temperatures influence the frequency and magnitude of hurricanes is unknown. Though the topic is interesting as is the description of how scientific knowledge progresses, Mooney's writ [...]


    8. Lots of insight to be gained into the politics of global warming in this explanation of the disconnect between hurricane researchers and climate modelers.The author is clearly in camp with the atmospheric modeler community, but does a pretty fair summary of the strengths and weaknesses in the science of both communities.Finally, there is some documentation of the Bush administration's PR filter on NOAA scientists. None of this is breaking news, but presented in this very readable books makes you [...]


    9. mooney is a good reporter but he's not a particularly good writer. he's also hindered by the fact that he wanted to write a book about how global warming is making hurricanes more frequent and/or intense and the sceince just doesn't say that yet. the result is that he drifts from science history to contemporary history/political reporting to popular science, but never seems to know just what kind of book he's writing. that said, some of the science is interesting and he's pretty good at covering [...]


    10. Thoughtful, even-handed and timely book from the author of 'The Republican War on Science' that seeks to answer the question of whether global warming is currently making hurricanes stronger (or will in the future). (Inadequately short answer: probably yes, but it's complicated.)I really enjoyed how Mooney delves into the messy process of scientific advancement, how it's driven by personality and happenstance, and yet somehow manages to lurch slowly toward the right answer.


    11. This book presents the scientific history of the global warming debate and how it got wrapped into politics. Being a geek, it was nice to finally understand the basis for the arguments between climate scientists and meteorologists. The bottom line seems to be that global warming is happening, that humans are at least partially responsible, but that we can't really say the effect it will have on hurricanes.


    12. I borrowed this book from my boss. We both really liked it. I'm not sure if people whose lives don't revolve around learning about climate change would enjoy it. I found it interesting because some of the names were familiar or people I'd met. It was also nice to have read his previous book (Republican War against Science) because he used terms like "sound science" which he'd described in detail in that earlier book. Anyway, I liked it. I recommend it with reservation. I learned a ton.


    13. A really thorough and balanced look at the global warming/hurricane debate. To deny global warming is foolish but to also say one storm is due to global warming is equally foolish. His prediction of a category 3 storm hitting NY came true with Sandy so one can only hope that they won't rebuild in the same spot as storms are likely to get more intense.


    14. Excellent look at the history of science with particular attention to the science of tropical cyclones (going back to the 19th Century), the rise of weather forecasting, and the impact of global climate change modeling. Fascinating look at not only the science but how the process of scientific understanding occurs.





    15. Mooney is a great writer who is able to get across the science of hurricane studies and global warming to the average reader. A must read if you live in a coastal area .


    16. thoroughly enjoyed this and even found myself laughing at times. only downside would be that it perhaps is too focused on individual personalities. can't wait to read more of mooney's work.


    17. A really good book for gaining some insight into the global warming right vs. left debate and the science vs. the media on the topic.


    18. This book was stolen from me, stolen I tell you! I will read it eventually, but I'm getting it from the library later.



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