Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming will be - or at least could be - a powerful weapon against the encroaching horrors of the Earth’s mismanaged resources and the ultimate consequences, if only those with knee-jerk (emphasis on jerk) reactions to dismiss the science behind it (as some people did about the moon landing - go figure) just because it is so scary to contemplate will heed its message.
Chris Mooney has done a phenomenal job of sifting through the often mind-fogging research and distilling it into terms everyone can understand, but they must first care enough to read it. Sad to say, though, is the fact that even those who know the truth are not in agreement on how to quantify the information, much less how to bring it to the public so they can “get it.” The perfect example of needing a new way to present the facts is the brilliant yet eye-glazing An Inconvenient Truth. We cannot change the world if while trying to do so we put them to sleep. That is said with no disrespect to Al Gore; it is just a sad fact of life that sometimes only one-syllable words get the point across. Waste stuff, use it up, toss it, kill it, Earth go bye-bye.
Chris Mooney puts forth the case for waking up and doing something much better than my above attempt at humor. Not only does he give the don’t wanna believe it, won’t believe it till everything is dead folks a much needed whack on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper; he also takes scientists to task for their inability to speak everyday English to take the message to the people. Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming could be just another dry treatise guaranteed to zzzz you out, but it is not. It is well-written and moves along at a quick, readable pace that will intimidate no one. Just do it: be brave enough to buy the book - it is interesting and thought-provoking. If enough of us read it, contact our government representatives and do our small part, too, the planet we save may be our own.