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Dennis Meredith—The Climate Pandemic: How Climate Disruption Threatens Human Survival

Climate Pandemic

Climate Pandemic


Dennis Meredith
Glyphus, February 15, 2023, Paperback, $23.99, Kindle, $9.99
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-939118-23-3, Kindle ISBN: 978-1939118257
ASIN: B0BN727963

Meredith reports:

When my wife Joni and I first moved to our house in a rural area north of San Diego, I scouted for a good hiking route. I found one that took me to a mountain ridge overlooking a major north-south freeway. I’d been considering writing a book about climate change. One particular hike convinced me to do that. I stood looking out over a massive traffic jam stretching into the distance, with the vast majority of cars holding only the driver. Each had elected to burn carbon-dioxide-spewing fuel and wear out their car, regardless of the climate consequences. That sight prompted me to begin exploring what science revealed about these consequences.

Seven years later, the result is The Climate Pandemic: How Climate Disruption Threatens Human Survival, a 140,000-word book with more than 1,700 references. In writing the book, I aimed to provide comprehensive coverage of climate disruption, detailing the science, technology, politics, economics, and psychology underlying the existential crisis we face.

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith

In researching the book, I found scientific meetings valuable, and I analyzed a multitude of reports by climate-related government organizations. But by far the most valuable data came from several hundred “research assistants”—journalists and PIOs who’d written articles and news releases about climate research. The articles, revealed by Google Alerts, led me to primary sources such as scientific papers that formed a foundation of the book. I’ve listed them in the online acknowledgments for the book, and I owe them a deep debt of gratitude!

After frustrating dealings with publishers, my wife and I decided to publish the book under our own imprint, giving us complete control over publication and a more reasonable price.

I am making the e-book available free on Amazon March 1-5. I would be grateful for reader reviews!

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February 17, 2023

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