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Weather: An Illustrated History

From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change

By Andrew Revkin, Lisa Mechaley

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Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Other Information: Illustrated

About the Author

Andrew Revkin is the senior reporter for climate and related issues at the Pulitzer Prize-winning independent newsroom ProPublica. Formerly the Pace University Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, he has reported on science and the environment for more than three decades, mainly for The New York Times. He has written on global warming science and solutions and energy issues since the 1980s, from the North Pole to the White House, and is among those credited with first proposing that we have entered a "geological age of our own making," known increasingly as the Anthropocene. He has won top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. Revkin has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic, and the violent assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Drawing on his experience with his Times blog, Dot Earth, which Time Magazine named one of the top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin has spoken to audiences around the world, including at the United Nations and Vatican, about paths to progress on a turbulent planet. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and was a frequent accompanist for Pete Seeger. He lives in Cold Spring, NY, with his wife and coauthor, Lisa Mechaley, who is an educator at the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation.

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Praise for WEATHER: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY "FINALLY, someone has done something about the weather. Andrew Revkin and Lisa Mechaley have given us a startlingly fascinating book about how weather got the way it is, and how we've reacted to it, used it, and even helped shape it. There are a hundred captivating stories in this book that are as enlightening as they are fun. Reading them is like seeing the clouds part and the sun come out." --Alan Alda, longtime host of Scientific American Frontiers and a founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University "Informative, addictively readable, and never preachy, Weather: An Illustrated History tells the fascinating story of humanity's ever-evolving relationship with the earth's climate. Highly recommended." --Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award winner for In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex "Weather: An Illustrated History is a gift of a book--at once fascinating, informative, and surprising." --Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction "A slim book about a weighty subject with a light touch, Weather: An Illustrated History has a wonderfully sprawling cast of characters, from Alexander von Humboldt and 'Snowflake' Bentley to Frankenstein's monster and the editor of the Farmer's Almanac. I won't soon forget the image of Benjamin Franklin charging off after a huge dust devil, leaving the rest of his party to gape in astonishment as he repeatedly horsewhipped the whirlwind to see if he could interrupt its progress. Or the great solar flare of Sept. 1, 1859, which lashed the Earth with such ferocity that the night sky glowed across the planet and electric surges through telegraph wires set telegraph offices afire." --Charles C. Mann, bestselling author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and The Wizard and the Prophet

EAN: 9781454921400
ISBN: 1454921404
Publisher: Sterling
Age Range: 15+ years
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