September 7, 2007
This meteorology book focuses on explanation about the processes that produce Earth's weather and climate. It emphasizes a non-mathematical understanding of physical principles as a vehicle for learning about atmospheric processes. Additionally, difficult-to-visualize topics are reinforced with a series of software tutorials presented on a CD-ROM packaged with the book. Accompanying CD-ROM is available featuring Tutorials, Interactive Exercises, and illustrative movie loops all keyed to the book. Also, this book includes up-to-date coverage of severe weather events For professionals in the meteorology field.
At Understanding Weather and Climate
August 20, 2007
If you're into DIY or you have kids - this book and set is perfect for you. Now kids can put their head in the clouds with this full-spectrum weather station. Includes 13 easy-to-assemble parts, a cloud chart, stickers, and a weather tracker to record wind, rain, and temperature. You'll really learn more and will explore the science behind weather using this interactive station solution with your kids.
At You Build It: Weather Station Book
August 9, 2007
Protected from the weather by air-conditioning and other modern conveniences, have we tuned out to the impacts that come with living on Planet Earth? According to Ms Thomas, 35% of the world's population is 'weather sensitive' leading to mood disorders, forgetfulness, headache, and a host of others problems. Filled with interesting facts and a long list of references, this book is worth a read for those interested in branching past traditional medicine and into the realm of alternative health.
At Under the Weather: How Weather and Climate Affect Our Health
August 2, 2007
We know we're in for a ride to the end given the current weather and world crisis on hand. We also know it's good to get an extreme perspective on how bad things can get. Check out the Long Emergency - it's very interesting and a bit over the top.
Kunstler notes signs that global oil production has peaked and will soon dwindle, and argues in an eye-opening, although not entirely convincing, analysis that alternative energy sources cannot fill the gap, especially in transportation. The result will be a Dark Age in which "the center does not hold" and "all bets are off about civilization's future." Absent cheap oil, auto-dependent suburbs and big cities will collapse, along with industry and mechanized agriculture; serfdom and horse-drawn carts will stage a comeback; hunger will cause massive "die-back"; otherwise "impotent" governments will engineer "designer viruses" to cull the surplus population; and Asian pirates will plunder California. Kunstler takes a grim satisfaction in this prospect, which promises to settle his many grudges against modernity. A "dazed and crippled America," he hopes, will regroup around walkable, human-scale towns; organic local economies of small farmers and tradesmen will replace an alienating corporate globalism; strong bonds of social solidarity will be reforged; and our heedless, childish culture of consumerism will be forced to grow up. Kunstler's critique of contemporary society is caustic and scintillating as usual, but his prognostications strain credibility.
At The Long Emergency
August 1, 2007
Having been in several thunderstorms on the water while fishing, I know you don't mess around. Fresh-water boaters will find life-saving information on how to maintain control in emergency situations. Written specifically for powerboaters, this book details what to do when encountering heavy weather and on-board emergencies such as engine failure, man overboard, or loss of position. Also, learn how to prevent accidents by learning how to identify storms.
At "Heavy Weather Boating Emergencies: The Survival Guide for Freshwater Powerboat Operators
July 2, 2007
We're very interested in reading Storm World. As the climate debate rages on, it's interesting to see a journalist find many answers that make sense to our current climate crisis. In a pre-review over at RealClimate.org gives the book a must read. We'll see if we can get a pre-review copy before July 9th when the book debuts.
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, 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?
At Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming