In Angry Weather, author Friederike Otto introduces the reader to the importance of “attribution science” in understanding climate change. Attribution science connects localized extreme weather events to climate change. To do this work, climate scientists model what the world would be like if there was no climate change; subsequently, they calculate the probability of a weather event having been created by human-induced climate change. Using Hurricane Harvey as a case study, Otto highlights the causes, effects, and consequences of climate change on extreme weather events. Although the subject matter is complex, the writing style is accessible for secondary level readers and provides concrete examples of how the weather is being influenced by the climate crisis. | Friederike Otto is a German climatologist and associate director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.
256 pp., 5.5 × 8.5" • Bibliography • Index
Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - BC Books for Schools (2021-2022)
About the authors
FRIEDERIKE (FREDI) OTTO is a physicist, climate researcher, associate professor, and the acting director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Otto is also a co-investigator on the international project World Weather Attribution, which assesses the human influence on extreme weather and has been profiled in the New YorkTimes, Nature, and others.
“A good overview of the climate-change issue … the evolution of climate change in the industrial era, the politics over the issue, and the responsibilities of the industrialized world—in particular, corporations and governments—to help repair the damage. The result is a most timely book.”
“For the fact-minded, Otto’s arguments are incontrovertible.”
“This elegant new branch of climate science …[will] have profound implications for public policy and planning, and will lead to even more useful research in the future.”
“Angry Weather is all about science, but it is not all technical. It is a readable book for those who have limited knowledge of weather and climate systems. Otto provides succinct scientific explanations throughout the book to ensure her main points are supported by science but still understandable and relevant to the main message.”
“Attribution science—climate forensics, or reverse engineering—is a new discipline explained in this book with passion and verve by one of its creators. Fredi Otto is destined to be one of those rare scientists whose name becomes well known in the wider world.”
—Mark Denny, author of Making Sense of Weather and Climate: The Science Behind the Forecasts
“Angry Weather introduces us to the forensic scientists of climate change; if you like to watch CSI, you’ll be equally enthralled with the skill and speed these folks exhibit. But the stakes are infinitely higher!”
—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
“[A] thrilling work of nonfiction... If readers were holding any doubt about climate’s effects on weather before picking up this book, that doubt will be eviscerated before the last gripping page.”
“This fascinating book takes us on a voyage across the cutting edge of climate science that irrevocably alters our perspective of the world in which we live and the future it holds. I wish I could make this book required reading for the world.”
—Katharine Hayhoe, UN Champion of the Earth