Every year, droughts, floods, and fires impact hundreds of millions of people and cause massive economic losses. Climate change is making these catastrophes more dangerous. Now. Not in the future: Now. This book describes how and why climate change is already fomenting dire consequences, and will certainly make climate disasters worse in the near future. Chris C. Funk combines the latest science with compelling stories, providing a timely, accessible, and beautifully-written synopsis of this critical topic. Drought, Flood, Fire describes our unique and fragile Earth system, and the negative impacts humans are having on our support systems. It then examines recent disasters, including heat waves, extreme precipitation, hurricanes, fires, El Niños and La Niñas, and their human consequences. By clearly describing the dangerous impacts that are already occurring, Funk provides a clarion call for social change, yet also conveys the beauty and wonder of our planet, and hope for our collective future.
1. Drought Flood Fire
2. Welcome to an Awesome Planet: A Series of Delicate Balances Supports Earth's Fragile Flame
3. The Earth is a Negentropic System or 'the Bright Side of Empty'
4. Do it Yourself Climate Change Science
5. 2015-2018 Temperature Extremes: Attribution and Impacts
6. 2015-2018 Precipitation Extremes: Observations and Impacts
7. Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons
8. Conceptual Models of Climate Change and Prediction
9. Climate Change made the 2015-16 El Nino More Extreme
10. Bigger La Niñas and the East African Climate Paradox
11. Fire and Drought in the Western US
12. Fire and Australia's Black Summer
13. Driving Towards +4°C on a Dixie Cup Planet
14. We Can Afford to Wear a White Hat
Chris C. Funk is an internationally renowned climate hazard scientist who develops data sets and forecasts that routinely help save lives and livelihoods around the world. His publications focus on climate and climate change, highlighting how climate science can provide opportunities for predicting natural disasters, thus helping to alleviate their dire consequences. His research has been featured in Science, on TV, in mainstream print media, and on the radio.
"Chris Funk's Drought, Flood, Fire uses a compelling mix of storytelling and fact-finding to communicate the very real impacts we are now feeling from climate change-fueled weather extremes. Read this book to understand the problem and learn how we can solve it."
– Michael Mann, author of The New Climate War and The Madhouse Effect
"What a nifty book! We have a beautiful planet – and we're not taking care of it. This book shows in compelling detail how we've begun to shake our home apart, and it reminds us of the very human consequences. Climate change is not going to happen someday. It's happening today!"
– Bill McKibben, author of Falter and The End of Nature
"Drawing on his own research in a narrative that's both engaging and sobering, Chris Funk shows us the havoc that human-caused climate change is wreaking on the disparate landscapes and peoples of Africa and the United States – and how we can avert still-worse calamities that otherwise lie ahead."
–Robert Henson, author of The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change