Books for the News

Meteorologists vs. Climatologists on the Science of Global Warming

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On Monday, the New York Times featured a fascinating article about the ideological rift between television meteorologists and climate scientists on the subject of global warming. As Leslie Kaufman reports:

Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, almost universally endorse the view that the earth is warming and that humans have contributed to climate change. There is less of a consensus among meteorologists, who predict short-term weather patterns.

Jack Williams, a science journalist and former editor of the USA Today weather page, definitely thinks climate change is real. One of the most unique features of his recent book, The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather is the way it integrates discussion of threats to our environment into the larger conversation about meteorology. With its treatment of global warming, The AMS Weather Book is the most timely—and accurate—book of its kind.
Check out sample pages from the book, a website containing supplementary information, and Jack Williams’s website.