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Posted at 7:30 PM ET, 01/23/2008

551.5: Book Nook

By Steve Scolnik

551.5 is the Dewey Decimal System classification for meteorology.

In his post last weekend, Ground Truth, Andrew points out that seeing is believing: Because climate change "exists beyond our field of vision it's hard to be completely convinced of its existence, and therefore of the necessity of addressing it." Andrew Revkin expressed similar thoughts in his Dot Earth blog last month.

A new climate change book, published last year in the U.K., was released in the U.S. yesterday by National Geographic. It aims to address precisely that problem. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, by Mark Lynas, takes the dry data and analyses of climate science and puts them into human terms by describing the specific effects of each degree of warming predicted in the current range of scenarios documented in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from 1°C to 6°C:

At 1 degree Celsius, most coral reefs and many mountain glaciers will be lost. A 3-degree rise would spell the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, disappearance of Greenland's ice sheet, and the creation of deserts across the Midwestern United States and southern Africa. A 6-degree increase would eliminate most life on Earth, including much of humanity.

The Sunday Times of London published an extensive summary of the book's chapters (one for each degree of temperature change) in a review last March.

The issue of alarmism, which will inevitably be raised against this book (yes, you know who you are), is addressed in a thoughtful review posted in November at by ice core researcher Eric Steig.

In other book news, Mike Mogil, a DC-area Certified Consulting Meteorologist and weather educator, published a book a couple of months ago titled, Extreme Weather. Mike will be the guest speaker at the January meeting of the DC chapter of the American Meteorological Society. The meeting will be held a week from today, Wednesday the 30th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library. The event is free and open to the public, but you need to RSVP by Monday via email (see the announcement linked above); dessert and soft drinks will be provided.

An excerpt from Mogil's book appears in the current issue of Weatherwise magazine.

By Steve Scolnik  | January 23, 2008; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  Books, Climate Change  
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I was hoping that these liberal blog entries would go away after the switcheroo.

Posted by: NOOO | January 23, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

If only the Washington Times had bought them instead. ;-)

At any rate, since when did believing that the Earth's temperature is warming up become a liberal-only viewpoint?

Posted by: mcleaNed | January 23, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately science is all-too-often politicized. This is hardly liberal. This is science.

Posted by: jtf | January 23, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

A radical activist such as Mark Lynas who resorts to self demeaning juvenile nonsense such as throwing a pie in the face of someone who dares to disagree with him is not to be taken seriously !

Posted by: Woody | January 23, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Darn. Need to tweak. Front page shows zero comments, and I'm thinking thats weird, but I get first, but no such.
Very scary stuff. Toronto here I come.
Re: NOOO: isn't WaPo still nominally liberal, if somewhat compromised? I think the right wing anti-science thing is interesting. See "tree hugging" vs. "Don't you dare regulate my American right to do business anyway I want." The EPA became the enemy, and by extension anyone who raised science based concerns about where society was headed. And then, science has those fantasies about the big bang and evolution, which most folk don't believe in, well, just 'cause. Its a funny funny amalgamation over there on the right, leading to skepticism about warming as another liberal plot.
Now, like so many right wing tendencies (e.g., we don't fondle boys) it has become suspect and is not so much talked about.

Unrelated question: I am not criticizing, but has the transformation cost CapWeather content/contribution from other local professional mets, like the tv guys who used to visit?

Posted by: GV in College Park | January 23, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The TV mets are welcome to comment here and I hope they still will. Doug Hill, Howard Bernstein and Tony Pann all used to drop in from time to time.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | January 23, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

So sick of endless prognostications of doom. Sick of it.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the "head in sand" approach is much preferrable.

Posted by: Dave | January 24, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

GV in College Park:
Your comments are quite humorous, (eg. we don't fondle boys). Some of your role models don't have time to "fondle boys", because they are too busy fondling (or worse) interns in the Oval Office. LOL

Posted by: Willow | January 24, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fzlnv | January 24, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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