The Weather Factor
How Nature Has Changed History
Paperback ISBN: 1611454395
Drawn from extensive research and the author's own experiences in Vietnam, a series of dramatic historical recreations reveals how the fate of humankind has been decided by the uncontrollable, unpredictable power of weather. 12,500 first printing.
The Children's Blizzard
Paperback ISBN: 0060520760
Describes the deadly 1888 snowstorm in the Great Plains that killed more than five hundred people including numerous schoolchildren, describing how the storm devastated immigrant families and dramatically affected pioneer advancement.
The Ends of the World
Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
Paperback ISBN: 0062364812
As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside “scenes of the crime,” from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record—which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish—and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light.
The Weather Machine
A Journey Inside the Forecast
Hardcover ISBN: 0062368613
The author of Tubes presents a lively tour through the global network that predicts weather, the work of cutting-edge forecasters and what weather technology reveals about our planet and its climate. 50,000 first printing.
A Scientific and Cultural Exploration
Hardcover ISBN: 198210547x
An anecdotal history of snow traces the migrations of prehistoric humans through the multibillion-dollar snowmaking industry of today, sharing compelling facts on such subjects as avalanches, the legend of the yeti and the 1960 winter Olympics. 40,000 first printing.
The Fire Line
The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting
Hardcover ISBN: 1250054028
Draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with family members, colleagues, historians and other insiders to trace the stories and heroic sacrifices of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots who gave their lives fighting the catastrophic 2013 wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.
The Long Emergency
Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Paperback ISBN: 0802142494
In an apocalyptic vision of a post-oil future, the author of The Geography of Nowhere details the economic, political, and social changes of an unimaginable scale that can be expected after the tipping point of global peak oil production is passed. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The Field Guide to Natural Phenomena
The Secret World of Optical, Atmospheric and Celestial Wonders
Paperback ISBN: 1554077079
Provides an illustrated tour through the universe's most theatrical and mysterious events, including eclipses, the aurora borealis, rainbows, St. Elmo's fire, dust devils, petrified forests, ball lightning, green flashes, waterspouts, salt lakes and much more. Original.