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American Meteorological Society
Living on the Real World: How Thinking and Acting like Meteorologists Will Help Save the Planet
William H. Hooke (director of policy, AMS)
. American Meteorological Society (dist. by U of Chicago Press), Jan 2014 / 280p / $30.00 pb.
Every day meteorologists sift through a deluge of information to make predictions that help us navigate our daily lives. Instead of being overwhelmed by the data and possibilities, they focus on small bits of information while using frequent collaboration to make decisions. Hooke suggests we look to meteorologists as a model for how to solve the 21st century’s most urgent environmental problems; accordingly, we should be approaching environmental issues collaboratively, each taking on a challenging aspect and finding solutions to small parts of the larger problem.
(METHODS * CLIMATE CHANGE * METEOROLOGY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING)
Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes
Kevin M. Simmons (Chair of Economics, Austin College; Fulbright Scholar at International Center for Geohazards, Oslo) and Daniel Sutter (Assoc Prof of Economics, U of Texas-Pan American)
. American Meteorological Society (dist by U of Chicago Press), Jan 2011 / 296p / $30.00 pb.
A resource for professionals in the field of meteorology and emergency disaster management, on the economic impacts and social consequences of the approximately 1,200 tornadoes that touch down across the US annually. Evaluates the services and efforts to reduce casualties.
(DISASTER MANAGEMENT * TORNADOES)
Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future
Mary Debrett (Lecturer in Media Industries, La Trobe U, Australia; former senior editor, Television New Zealand)
. Intellect Books (dist. U of Chicago Press), June 2010 / 256p / $45.00.
Since the 1980s, there has been much speculation about the demise of public TV, due to the advent of cable and satellite TV. But public broadcasters are undergoing a reinvention. Draws on 50 interviews with media industry and academic specialists in four countries to discuss how public service broadcasting institutions are responding to changes in the digital media, an offers insights into possibilities and prospects for survival.
(COMMUNICATION * PUBLIC SERVICE TELEVISION)
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