The Intersection


Well, I guess there’s no point hiding it any more. My new book, due out in June 2007, will be entitled Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming. It now has a cover image and everything.

You should not judge from this fact that the book’s completely finished, however; nor am I ready to divulge what it says or argues (beyond what might be gleaned from the cover image). But I will say a few words about what the book is not:

1. This is not a “sequel” to The Republican War on Science.

2. This is not a late-breaking addition to the literature of “Katrina books” of last year.

3. This is not a book about New Orleans, even though that’s where I’m from.

4. This is not quite what I thought it would be when I started out working on the project (and that’s a good thing).

In any case, you’ll all find out more about the book soon enough–provided I can actually get it into final form on time. It’s probably just my memory’s rosy-colored glasses, but I really don’t remember things being this nuts when I was trying to complete The Republican War on Science. Indeed, that’s the second objective of this post: To call on my blog readers for help getting across the finish line.

If you’re an expert in climate or hurricane science (without a stake in the current debate) and would like to help out with “science checking,” email me. If you want to help out with more general fact checking, or with graphics, email me. (Help will be acknowledged in the book save for those wishing to remain anonymous.)

Finally, if you just generally want me to get through the next month alive, email your support. I am going to need it.

Thanks to you all….

UPDATE: Thanks again to everyone who emailed me for all your support…I now have more offers of help than I know what to do with! You folks rock. Okay, back to work…


  1. #1 coturnix
    November 20, 2006

    Hey, bloggers like comments. Here’s my support – right here. I am looking forward to the new book – let us know when it is available for pre-order. Make sure you get enough sleep – you’ll get more work done as well as feel better if you do.

  2. #2 STS
    November 20, 2006

    Good luck Chris. Please make sure that they don’t cast Kevin Costner if it’s optioned for a film.

  3. #3 Chris Mooney
    November 20, 2006

    Thanks guys. Ah, and so the Waterworld jokes begin….but I am prepared for these, and plan on making the most of them.

  4. #4 Joshua
    November 20, 2006

    Global warming is a myth, just like dry land!

    (Begin? I’ve been using that one for years!)

    Good luck on the new book.

  5. #5 Peter McGrath FCD
    November 20, 2006

    Three comments in and nobody’s denounced it yet? The trolls must be in their holes. As for preserving sanity, second and third movements of Mozart piano concertos. The slow movements for when you’re frazzled, thirds for when you need bucking up. The real ones for deadline intensive care are the third movements of nos 5 and 13 and the second movement of no 24.

  6. #6 Kristjan Wager
    November 20, 2006

    Sounds good – I am currently reading The Republician War On Science, and while I can’t say I enjoy it, since I get too furious when reading it, it’s certainly well written.

    Oh, and please tell me that you slam Lomborg – he has shown up in the Danish debate again *argh*

  7. #7 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    November 20, 2006

    So when will you be able to get started on your next book, The Royal Family’s War on Science, about homeopathy?

  8. #8 llewelly
    November 20, 2006

    Chris, didn’t you learn anything about hurricanes? You should have aimed for a release date in August or September, to get the best opportunity to leverage the peak of hurricane season. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    (Astute readers will note Kerry Emanuel was unhappy about the release date of his book resulting in an unintended association with Katrina, despite the increased sales. )
    The favorite counter to your book will be something like: HA! 2006 had below-average hurricanes, so Mooney’s book is disproved.
    2007 might be inactive too; the El Nino forecasts keep reaching farther and farther into 2007.

    Everybody forget that the work by Curry, Emanuel, and others, is on long term trends …

  9. #9 Chris Mooney
    November 20, 2006

    Um, no Bjorn Lomborg in this book, that I can assure you….

    Llewelly, I don’t control the release date. As for El Nino, we’ll see….

  10. #10 G. Tingey
    November 21, 2006

    Erm, hasn’t someone shown recently, taht a weather-sytem (a PLanetary weather-system) will be as violent as it can be.
    So, the warmer it is, overall, the more energy there is to dissipate via the weather-system, so the nastier the storms and other events will be?

  11. #11 Phobos
    November 21, 2006

    Keep up the good work, Chris.
    (I like the cover, BTW.)

  12. #12 Stephen Berg
    November 21, 2006

    Looks great, Chris! I look forward to reading it!

    Keep up the good work!

  13. #13 Gerry L
    November 21, 2006

    Good looking cover. Should attract a lot of shelf browsers.

  14. #14 Danรธ
    November 22, 2006

    Make it so, Number One!

    Excellent sir.



  15. #15 Rick
    November 28, 2006

    Congratz on the book, Chris! I’ll add it to my Xmas wish list. What, it won’t be released until June? I guess it’ll have to be beach reading then.

  16. #16 Keanus
    December 3, 2006

    I’ve been elsewhere so I’m just catching up on my blog scanning. I like the cover, but I’d have thought that stormy sea might include a sailing vessel with Dubya leaning over the railing greener than the sea ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, I found the Republican War on Science engrossing and a worthwhile read. I suspect I’ll find your new book even more rewarding in that I know much less about global warming and climate science than the targets the Republican went after with such vigor through 2004.

  17. #17 Pamela
    December 10, 2006

    I’m excited for your new book! Republican War was recommended to me by a young administrator at Harvard’s biology department and I find it a great read. As a young scientist, I am glad to be brought up to date in order to fully understand how the Bush Administration is getting away with all this. (I’m 1/2 way through!) I’ve been recommending Republican War to everyone I talk to! So far I need to pass my copy on to an MD/PhD, an engineer turned art gallery owner, and a graduate student. Keep up the good work!

    Oh and I like the cover too!

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