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Upcoming Events: VA, FL, OK, PA

It’s been a while since I had a good string of talks lined up–it’s harder, I think, to do a lot of them from the West Coast. But now I’m back east and about to embark for the first two of these four upcoming appearances; so mark them down if you’re in the area. And…

A Category 4 in November

Like everybody else, I’m pretty surprised about Hurricane Paloma, which has just become the fifth major hurricane this year–a powerful Category 4 and tied for the second strongest storm ever to show up in the Atlantic in the month of November. And Paloma sets an even bigger record, because this is the first year we’ve…

Should We Talk About the Weather?

[Ike gathering strength in the Gulf.] With Hurricane Ike on course to–probably–slam Texas as a serious hurricane, I address my latest Science Progress column to the question of whether we can, defensibly, discuss global warming during hurricane season. My basic answer: Yes, but it’s probably better to use other messages, particularly economic ones (“Green Jobs”).…

Storm World Paperback is Out

So here’s some news: The paperback of Storm World, with a new author afterword and a new Katrina cover, is officially published today. I haven’t held a copy in my hands yet, but I know they’ve shipped from Amazon. You can click here to pick one up online. Meanwhile, we already seen our fifth named…

Storm World Hardcover for Cheap

It has recently come to my attention that Amazon is selling them for $ 8.49–a dramatic markdown from the list price of $ 26.00–so if you haven’t gotten one yet but had planned on it or wanted to, now is the time. Alternatively, you can wait for the paperback with the new cover and afterword,…

There has been some buzz of late over the idea that with a recent paper, MIT hurricane guru Kerry Emanuel is backing down from the stance that global warming has intensified recent hurricanes. But after reading the paper, I just don’t see it. Sure, Emanuel admits he might be wrong but that’s no more and…

Yesterday, though I didn’t get the chance to blog it, my latest Science Progress column went up. Entitled “Just Coasting,” it’s about the vulnerability of the US gulf states to climate change, and how government agencies are consistently failing to do their job to prepare us for it. The quotation in the title is, by…

That’s the quandary I face tomorrow, when I’ll be returning to New Orleans’ Isidore Newman School–alma mater of, among others, Peyton and Eli Manning, Walter Isaacson, and Michael Lewis–to talk to the senior class. This isn’t entirely a shot in the dark, as the seniors are taking a course on the environment, and I’m their…

Storm World Paperback Sighting

I’m not quite sure what is up with people…but, they seem to be buying, already, copies of the paperback edition of Storm World on Amazon. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there’s 5 % off on Amazon.com book preorders. I’m not sure. In any event, given that I am devoting this…

More Storm World News

Well, the book has been out for some five months now…but it was just recently reviewed in a top Canadian newspaper, the Toronto Globe & Mail. A quote: …perhaps the most lasting legacy of Storm World is not its descriptions of hurricane science or politics. Instead, it’s Mooney’s disgruntled discourse on the misguided practice of…