Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science and one of the leading young environmental journalists
and bloggers working today, immerses readers in the world of those who study
hurricanes. What was once an arcane branch of meteorology (itself an arcane
science) has become embroiled in one of the most politicized and hotly
contested debates in American science: whether or not the recent hurricane
disasters—culminating in Katrina—are connected to global warming.
Mooney follows the lives and
careers of the two leading scientists who stand, bitterly opposed, on either
side of the issue. One believes that global warming has nothing to do with
hurricane ferocity or frequency; the other believes as fervently that it does;
both have staked their reputations on their respective positions. Mooney shows
these two men in action as they debate the issue across the country and are
followed by the media. He also uses them as a way of showing how hurricane
studies have evolved and how government, the media, Big Business, and politics
have affected the ways we study and interpret weather patterns. Hurricanes are
natural disasters, capable of inflicting almost unimaginable destruction. The
culture that has grown up around predicting, charting, and even defining them
is very much man-made.
Combining lively portraits of
the leading figures, vivid science journalism, and the very latest reportage
from the weather front, Mooney—a native of New Orleans—has written what will
surely be one of the most talked-about books of the year. Download and start listening now!