The New York Times on Hurricane Policy, and More

By Chris Mooney | May 29, 2007 2:15 pm

In anticipation of the start of hurricane season, today’s Science Times had a pair of great articles on hurricanes, global warming, and coastal defenses in the U.S. I have just put up a post at Huffington Post, entitled Risky Scenarios, that comments on the latest Times package. You can read it here.

Stormworld.JPG Meanwhile, my forthcomig book about all of this, Storm World, has gotten another positive early review–this time from Booklist, which is published by the American Library Association. Here’s what gets said:

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming.

Mooney, Chris (Author)

Jun 2007. 400 p. Harcourt, hardcover, $26.00. (9780151012879).

Mooney, whose The Republican War on Science (2005) offered a hard-hitting look at the political manipulation of scientific research, turns his attention to the hot topic of global warming. Does global warming cause increasingly vicious hurricanes? Is human arrogance and disregard for the environment responsible for Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans? Or is this whole idea a lot of hot air?

Mooney looks carefully at all sides of the debate, weighing the evidence carefully, telling us not just what’s being said but who’s saying it and why. Of course, it’s impossible to write a book like this without tackling the whole idea of global warming as myth, but Mooney doesn’t get bogged down in the politics of that issue. He has different questions to answer: Are the increasingly intense hurricanes of recent years our fault, and if they are, what can we do to change the pattern before it’s too late? His answers don’t add to cheerful reading, but this is certainly one of the most thought-provoking and accessible accounts of climate change to appear since Katrina.

— David Pitt

The official Storm World website, which includes a free excerpt of the first chapter, will be available online soon….

Comments (3)

  1. Thanks for the links, and congratulations on the string of strong reviews. I’m glad I waited to come back to the Intersection until I had written my review.

    I’ve opened a page for Storm World on my book review site (click my name for the present version). I’ll post an excerpt of my newspaper review there a week or two before the book’s publication date, and then a long-form review (compared to the 500 words or so allotted by most of my client newspapers) once the first newspaper publishes it.

  2. Dano

    Can’t wait for you to spill some beer on my signed copy. Plz tell your publicist to hurry up and book you in the Front Range.

    Best,

    D

  3. Chris Mooney

    Hey Dano,
    There are not one but two talks in your area…July 24 and 25. Details here
    http://www.waronscience.com/tour.php

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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