I was on Weekday with KUOW’s Steve Scher in Seattle this morning.
NPR’s Living on Earth is running a segment on Forecast this week that we recorded back in January. I talk a bit about Darfur and a bit about wine.
GlobalPost.com published excerpts of Forecast this weekend
I’m off to Australia in a couple of days, for the publication of Forecast there. The first stop will be Melbourne, scene of last weekend’s bushfires–the deadliest in the country’s history.
AT Global Post today I ask to what extent the disaster should be blamed on our emissions.
After its deadliest bushfires ever, Australia is in mourning.
Television reports flicker around the world, depicting walls of flames tearing through suburban towns outside Melbourne in southeastern Australia.
The scenes of destruction are reminiscent of a war zone.
At least 135 people died in the infernos, many of them burned in their homes or overtaken in their cars as they tried to flee. The toll is expected to rise as rescue workers explore the ash-covered devastation.
“This is of a level of horror that few of us anticipated,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Australian television. “There are no words to describe it other than mass murder.”
[update: the death toll has now reached 171]
The first reviews of Forecast have been . . . . . very complimentary!
Fred Pearce, writing in Orion Magazine says
Well worth the carbon footprint of its publication … The most perceptive [book] so far about [climate change’s] growing place in our daily lives, our iconography, and, sometimes, our paranoias.
Read the whole thing here.
Stephan Faris’s Forecast is a journalistic take on global warming, the kind of book I might have liked to write myself with a better travel budget. It’s colorful, writerly, dispatched from the front lines. The key theme: In less stable parts of the world, global warming is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It can tip fragile societies over the edge. And that’s already happening.
My book Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, from Darfur to Napa Valleyis on sale starting today.