A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States by David Goodrich

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Read A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States Online Free - After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that Americans are willfully deluded by misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, Goodrich thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in "Animal House," he decided that "this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone's part, and I'm just the guy to do it."

Starting on the beach in Delaware, Goodrich rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way, he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share.

Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time, but A Hole in the Wind is also about the people Goodrich met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler's beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming. As he rode, Goodrich discussed climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools. Simple, direct, and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.



Title : A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States
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ISBN : 1681774313
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Reviews


Katie rated it ★★★★★

May 10, 2017

This book is so incredible i love every page of it the author of it is so talented!!


Lori rated it ★★★★☆

March 23, 2017

Part travelogue, part history lesson and part scientific study, A Hole in the Wind provides an incredibly accessible look at climate change and its everyday impact in our country. Thankfully Goodrich's message resonates with hope and good humor. I'm not a cyclist, but this book had me browsing th...


Helen rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2017

I feel tempted to buy several copies of this book and send it to all the idiots in the White House who just withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement, but I guess they'd just dismiss it as fiction, and then make a big bonfire out of them, thereby increasing their pollution output... This is a factu...


Brady rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 26, 2017

Wanted so badly to like this book, but was disappointed. Who edited this thing? I can't really blame the author - he's a climate scientist who had a good idea. The editor couldn't put it together very coherently. Would have loved to have a better mix of climate science (both the author's observat...


Doug rated it ★★★☆☆

August 01, 2017

As a cyclist, I had high hopes for this book, but was ultimately disappointed. For one thing, although he made his main cross-country trip in 2011, there were several other shorter trips in the past few years. He would often digress into talking about one of these and I occasionally got lost as t...


Mike rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2017

My local newspaper, The Frederick News-Post (Maryland) published my letter: Author talk at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center last week was so relevant to our urgent task to care for our common home.  Climate scientist and long distance bicyclist David Goodrich wrote “A Hole in the Wind”...


Hella rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

Loved this account by a climate scientist who cycles by himself from Delaware to Oregon, noting the effects of climate change as he travels. Lots of adventures and disturbing facts about how our earth is changing due to temperature increase, e.g. warmer winters have allowed the mountain pine beet...


Laura rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2017

This book takes a unique and deeply humane look at how climate change is reshaping the physical landscape of the United States. As told by a climate scientists riding his bike from Delaware to Oregon, A Hole in the Wind is part travel, part science. Goodrich has deep expertise in the science of c...


David rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 21, 2017

The concept is intriguing: ride a bike across the country and witness climate change through the eyes of an expert in the field. The execution is lacking. Perhaps the topic is too large or just beyond Goodrich's ability but the result is a skim over the top.


Jutta rated it ★★★★☆

August 13, 2017

Finally, an informative yet entertaining and accessible book about climate change that allows lay readers like me to understand how climate change is affecting the lives of real people all across the United States.





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