The most comprehensive book on climate disruption, The Climate Pandemic reveals why:
- Current plans to limit global heating will not avoid climate catastrophe.
- Renewable energy will not offer a major clean energy source.
- Decarbonizing our energy system is a delusion.
- The human species will not ultimately survive climate disruption.
The Climate Pandemic details the science, technology, politics, economics, and psychology that determine our climate future. It explains climate-driven heat waves, megadroughts, wildfires, floods, and superstorms. It explores the human impacts of climate disruption: increased toxicity and disease, famine, migration, conflict, and societal collapse. It documents the failure of the media, scientists, environmentalists, corporations, and politicians to act on climate disruption. And it reveals how the Paris agreement, renewable energy, carbon capture, geoengineering, and nuclear power are unrealistic panaceas.
As our mission for the future, the book advocates that we dedicate ourselves to palliating our planet, preserving as much as we can.
Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world?
My favorite quote about writing is from Gloria Steinem: “”Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” I’ve been writing since I was in grade school, and to me a day without writing is a wasted day. I have so many stories that I *have* to get out! Writing is important because it is the richest and most intimate medium, in which the writer can communicate not only ideas but emotions in far more depth and nuance than other media.
What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block?
I’ve never really had writer’s block, actually, because I’ve always known that if I kept writing, the roughest draft will smoothen and become more polished. And I make sure that I don’t write something until it’s “ready.” That is, it’s formed enough in my head that I can at least get a start on a draft. One key way that I keep the ideas flowing is to take long walks. There are actually studies showing that walking inspires creativity.
What is your favorite time to write?
In the morning, when I have a full load of neurotransmitter in the creative part of my brain. After a few hours of such intense immersion, I’ve run out of neurotransmitter, and I know it’s time to go do something else, perhaps gardening or wandering about aimlessly annoying my wife. Robert Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” was my most influential guide in this regard. He said when you run out of “gumption” that’s when to do something else.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers?
Writing is rewriting! It totally does not matter what you first write because you can rewrite and rewrite and rewrite until you refine it to perfection–or at least as near to perfection as it’s possible with the primitive medium of the printed word. And you can let it “rest” and come back to it with fresh eyes and enthusiasm.
What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age?
The absolutely stunning power and freedom that writers now have to see their works reach the public by publishing themselves, if the traditional publishing route doesn’t work. My most recent book is published under our own imprint, and I deeply enjoyed the process of bringing it from manuscript to print and e-book. And, I’m able to offer it at a far more reasonable price than can traditional publishers. My previous book was published by an academic press, and I was shocked to see that the e-book was priced at $34.00. I mean, for God’s sake it’s just electrons!
Dennis Meredith’s The Climate Pandemic: How Climate Disruption Threatens Human Survival is out now with Glyphus.
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.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.