Heat Waves, Floods, Storms, and the New Science of Climate Change
- ISBN: 9781771646147
- Tags: Friederike Otto, Nature & Environment, Sarah Pybus, Science,
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
- Published On: 9152020
- 256 Pages
A pioneering scientist solves a pressing climate question: Can we pin the blame for individual extreme weather events on humans?
Massive fires, widespread floods, category 4 hurricanes—weather disasters are becoming more frequent each year, but not everyone agrees on what causes them. Renowned University of Oxford researcher Friederike Otto provides an answer with attribution science, a revolutionary method for pinpointing the role of climate change in extreme weather events. Anchoring her book with the gripping, day-by-day story of Hurricane Harvey, which caused over a hundred deaths and $125 billion in damage in 2017, Otto reveals how attribution science works in real time, and determines that Harvey’s terrifying floods were three times more likely to occur due to human-induced climate change.
At a time when our inability to determine climate change’s role in weather events has impacted everything from how much aid a devastated region receives to the culpability of corporations and governments, Otto’s research laid out in this groundbreaking book will have profound impacts, both today and for the future of humankind.
Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.
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.