I’m on to another Tim Flannery book. As I described in earlier blogs The Eternal Frontier and The Future Eaters are two very interesting books about the evolution of the environments and human ecology of North America and Australia, respectively. In The Weather Makers (Buy Now: Amazon.ca; Amazon.com), Flannery tackles the problem of global warming, how the evidence is indisputable that human beings are a major cause, and how we must tackle the problem soon if we are to protect our civilization and culture as we know it.
In a no-nonsense manner, Flannery documents the evidence of human causation–the first time I’ve seen the evidence under one cover. He also explains the function of carbon in the earth’s atmosphere, how the burning of fossil fuels has upset the balance, and how species–including humans–will have to adapt, move or become extinct. However, perhaps the most important part of the book is where he looks at solutions and demonstrates why some will and will not work. It’s a sobering book that I cannot recommend high enough to everyone who has concerns about where we are going as a species. One thing is clear, the earth will survive the climate crisis, and so will life on this earth. It’s just that many of the species we see today, including ourselves, may not be able to adapt or move quickly enough to survive.
So, what’s wrong with that?