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10 Q&A Videos with Lead Author of ‘Global Weirdness’

Senior science writer Mike Lemonick and main author of Global Weirdness sat down to discuss Climate Central's first book project. 



Why did Climate Central write this book?

What was the writing process?

What is the structure of the book?

Do you have a favorite chapter?

What do you hope people will take away from reading the book?

Why would Climate Central write this book?

What was the biggest challenge in writing this book?

Is it a book that needs to be read in chapter order?

Why is the book called Global Weirdness?

What is the one thing people need to know about climate change?


By Jim Richard (Raleigh NC 27613)
on August 15th, 2012

Just finished Global Weirdness. I found the whole thing very enlightening. The book spoke of deforestation a number of times, in terms of the ecology. But I can’t help but wonder what the positive impact of massive reforestation programs might have. 

Back in the 90’s I purchased a house in Raleigh in a new subdivision, that had previously been about 50 acres of natural forest. All that remained was a thin screen of trees between the back side of each lot, maybe 5-10 feet, of each previously forested 1/4 acre lot.

It seems to me that had trees been left all around the house say within 40 feet or so the impact would have been significantly less.  It seems to me that there are probably opportunities to minimize this kind of development, and chances to reforest previously deforested areas as well. 

I can’t help but wonder what the impact of policies that discouraged forest removal, and encouraged planting of trees would have.

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