With much of the east coast smothered in a heat wave this July, it should come as no surprise that 2010 is well on its way to being the hottest year on record. The warming trend that many climate change skeptics felt had been disrupted by a snowy winter is clearly back in a big way, which begs the question, is this the forecast we can expect from now on?
Heidi Cullen, one of America’s leading climatologists and environmental journalists, has the answers. In her groundbreaking new book, THE WEATHER OF THE FUTURE: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet (Harper; August 3rd), she provides a fascinating and instructive look at how our world will look in 2050 if the current levels of carbon emissions are maintained.
Cullen’s provocative book offers new insight into the issue of climate change and demonstrates that it is not merely a phenomenon that will affect future generations, but one that is occurring right now in the very places where we live and work.
Her engrossing and accessible work illustrates that climate change is a serious issue that impacts humans all across the world, including in our own backyards.
Heidi Cullen is interim CEO and lead correspondent for Climate Central. Prior to that, she was the climate expert and correspondent for The Weather Channel where she helped start Forecast Earth, the first weekly program on climate change and the environment. Before joining The Weather Channel she worked as a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She received a B.Sc. in engineering and operations research from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She was awarded the 2008 National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation
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