Imagine a world of wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding, devastating storms and catastrophic sea level rise. This might sound like a prediction for the future or the storyline of a new Hollywood blockbuster but it's something quite different: it's our past.
In a day and age when where we re bombarded with worrying forecasts for future climate, it seems hard to believe that such things could come to pass. Yet almost everywhere we turn, the landscape is screaming out that the world is a capricious place. The problem is if we don't tune in, the message is lost. We need to decipher the past and learn from it.
In Ice, Mud and Blood, I explore the changing climate and the risks facing us today as we continue to drive our planet to new extremes.
In May 2009, Ice, Mud and Blood was longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.
Chris Turney's 'Ice, Mud and Blood' is lively, well-researched, and up-to-date. A summary of key discoveries by scientists about past climate change, it ranges widely across time and all over the planet. Turney begins many of these stories with delightful anecdotes about people who centuries ago stumbled on confusing observations that in time came to be understood as the result of climate change.
William F. Ruddiman, author of Plows, Plagues and Petroleum
'If you want just one book, not too thick or too technical, that will give you the intellectual tools to at least understand what the climate change experts are talking about, this is the one. I recommend bringing it to the beach and reading it there – you'll appreciate the rising tide and the ocean beaches a little more, and perhaps regard them with a little more respectful dread.'
'A sobering and vividly told tale.'
'Turney writes calmly and clearly about warming, cooling and other enormous climatic events in earth's geological past. He explains why they add to scientific concern about human greenhouse gas emissions, not detract as sceptics contend. A top contribution to the global warming debate.'
'A success in being both an easy-to-read history of the science as well as an accurate if not precise explanation of the physics and biology that is used to interpret the observations...casual and entertaining.'
'It has been an exciting time to be a scientist working in this area, and Chris Turney's book Ice, Mud and Blood conveys that excitement wonderfully.'
'Accessible, informative, gripping, humorous and sobering . . . Through his extensive research and charismatic approach, Turney provides a convincing explanation of the concepts, causes and effects of climate change.'
Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past