Storm World coming soon in paperback

Posted: March 17, 2008 @ 10:33 A.M.

Storm World paperbackChris Mooney's Storm World will be available in paperback beginning in August 2008. This edition features a new afterword discussing changes since the hardcover edition was released.

To preorder your copy, please use the links to the right.

Library Journal's Best Sci-Tech Books of 2007

Posted: March 17, 2008 @ 10:33 A.M.

Storm World has been named a "Best Sci-Tech Book of 2007" by Library Journal.

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Storm World named a best book of 2007!

Posted: December 19, 2007 @ 2:56 P.M.

Storm World is a Publishers Weekly best book of 2007!

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Several science blogs also recommend Storm World:

Weather Underground
•'s Cosmic Log
Houston Chronicle's SciGuy

Chris Mooney on The Discovery Channel

Posted: August 30, 2007 @ 12:21 A.M.

Storm World author Chris Mooney recently appeared on The Discovery Channel's Discovery News to discuss hurricanes.

Watch the video on

Radio Appearances: Science Friday and On Point

Posted: August 23, 2007 @ 9:30 A.M.

Chris will appear Friday, August 24th on NPR’s Science Friday for an in-depth interview.

Tune in on Friday afternoon @ 2-4 P.M. (Eastern) (updated: link to archived copy of the interview)

Chris Mooney also recently appeared on WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Listen to an archive of the show

Reviews: Nature

Posted: August 23, 2007 @ 9:30 A.M.

Nature published two favorable reviews of Storm World this August:

“Journalist Mooney has a scriptwriter’s flair for pitting his protagonists against each other and dishing the historical and methodological back story in vivid prose ... Mooney presents an accurate account of the clash between two of the most prominent climate scientists today. He is a good writer. . . and his stories are consistently about people, giving the book a wide appeal."

Read the full review at

Here’s an excerpt from the second review:

". . . Mooney has written a straightforward and very serviceable account of the study of hurricanes and whether their intensity, frequency or other characteristics are changing due to global warming. . . Storm World is an entertaining and accurate account of research in progress — warts and all."

Review: American Prospect Magazine

Posted: August 23, 2007 @ 9:30 A.M.

A positive review appears in the August 2007 American Prospect Magazine:

"Storm World has everything a non-expert would want from a book on hurricane science. . . It's not hard to read between the lines and see how hard Mooney was working to remain apolitical, but the book succeeds because he does."

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Review: Washington Post Book World

Posted: August 23, 2007 @ 9:30 A.M.

Sunday’s (7/29) Washington Post Book World ran a positive review of Chris Mooney’s STORM WORLD

"Enter the talented science journalist Chris Mooney with Storm World, which skillfully anatomizes the scientific and political debate over hurricanes and global warming. . . . Storm World does a good job explaining the fundamentals of hurricane science and the ways different scientists approach it."

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Posted: July 16, 2007 @ 2:17 P.M.

Salon's Katharine Mieszkowski talks with Chris Mooney about the scientific debates surrounding climate change:

"Science writer Chris Mooney grew up in New Orleans. Just 100 days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, he sounded the alarm in the pages of the American Prospect about the Big Easy's extreme vulnerability to a major storm. Katrina even swamped his own mother's home in the Lakeview neighborhood. But you won't find Mooney... joining the chorus blaming the devastation and deaths in New Orleans on climate change."

Read the entire interview at

Review: Los Angeles Times

Posted: July 16, 2007 @ 11:11 A.M.

Thomas Hayden reviewed Chris Mooney's Storm World in this Sunday's edition of the Los Angeles Times:

"Science is a messy business, more a matter of hard work, blind alleys and lucky guesses than a straight march from question to answer. Above all, science is about uncertainty and the way we stumble through it looking for clarity. Science is not always elegant and not always even particularly effective. But (to paraphrase Winston Churchill on democracy) it's surely better than any of the alternatives. In "Storm World," Mooney catches real science in the act and, in so doing, weaves a story as intriguing as it is important."

The complete review is on

"Hurricane Book's Writer Says Tampa's Luck Running Out"

Posted: July 16, 2007 @ 9:33 A.M.

The Tampa Tribune's Kurt Loft discusses Chris Mooney's Storm World, his tour, and more specifically why hurricane science is relevant to the city:

Tampa may be a more relevant stop than his visits to Washington, Raleigh or Denver. Why? Because our city is more apt to get whacked. "My view of Tampa is it's one of our points of greatest vulnerability," Mooney says by telephone.

The entire article is available at

Review: The Times-Picayune

Posted: July 16, 2007 @ 9:33 A.M.

The Sunday, July 15th edition of New Orleans' The Times-Picayune reviews Storm World:

Mooney provides a fine overview of the long, intertwined history of hurricane prediction, climate science and the politicization of the debate over global warming.... To boil this down to a debate between theorists and empiricists is to oversimplify, of course, and Mooney does justice to the debate in all its complexity, painting vivid portraits of scientists at work and in conflict.

Read the rest of the review at

Video: Chris Mooney Talks Hurricanes

Posted: July 9, 2007 @ 12:49 P.M.

Learn more about the Speaking Science 2.0 lecture tour, from which this clip is excerpted, at

Chris Mooney on NPR's Democracy Now:

Posted: July 9, 2007 @ 12:49 P.M.

Chris Mooney will be appearing on the NPR program Democracy Now on July 11.

The show is simultaneously broadcast on TV and radio on more than 450 stations across the country. Check listings for Democracy Now in your area.

Review: Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

Posted: July 9, 2007 @ 12:49 P.M.

Storm World was featured in the Sunday, June 24 edition of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

“In ‘Storm World,’ Mooney serves his readers as both an empiricist who gathers data and an analyst who puts it into context. The result is an important book, whose author succeeds admirably in both his roles.”

Read the entire story at (update: link is no longer available)

Win a Copy of Storm World

Posted: June 29, 2007 @ 9:05 A.M.

We're giving away free copies of Chris Mooney's Storm World! Just fill out this form to enter to win.

Updated: The contest is over. Congratulations to the winners! reviews Storm World

Posted: June 25, 2007 @ 2:42 P.M.

Internet climate destination's in depth review of Chris Mooney's Storm World has sparked a lot of conversation (121 comments and 11 blog reactions):

There should be no misunderstanding. While Mooney is indeed balanced, he is not completely agnostic either. He recognizes that hurricane characteristics are indeed changing and that, while we may not yet have arrived at definitive answers to the underlying scientific questions, we ought to be concerned.

Read the rest of the review and participate in the dialog at

Storm World on CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks

Posted: June 25, 2007 @ 2:38 P.M.

Chris Mooney was recently a guest on CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks show to talk about the science of predicting hurricanes in a changing environment.

Audio of the interview is available in it's entirety at the CBC Quirks & Quarks website!

More New Storm World Tour Dates!

Posted: June 14, 2007 @ 12:06 P.M.

Five more events have been added to Chris Mooney's Storm World tour.

See when Chris will be near you!

Storm World in Wired

Posted: June 13, 2007 @ 8:13 A.M.

Look for Chris Mooney's Storm World to be featured in the July 2007 issue of Wired magazine!

Review: Boston Globe

Posted: June 11, 2007 @ 7:16 A.M.

The June 10 edition of the Boston Globe included Chris Mooney's book in its summer reading round-up. It's a short mention that called Storm World nothing less than "riveting."

You can read the story in its entirety at

Starred Review: Library Journal

Posted: June 6, 2007 @ 1:17 P.M.

The June 16 issue of the Library Journal gave Storm World a Starred Review! Among its more exciting hyperbole, the review calls the book “captivating”, “comprehensive”, “brilliant”, “compelling”, “balanced”, and “objective”.

Storm World in Time Out Chicago

Posted: June 4, 2007 @ 10:18 A.M.

Storm World continues to get some great attention, this time as a brief pick by Time Out Chicago in the May 31–June 6 issue! Read the article at Time Out Chicago.

Chris Mooney to speak at YearlyKos

Posted: May 30, 2007 @ 9:17 A.M.

Chris Mooney will be one of the key speakers at this year’s upcoming YearlyKos Convention, on August 2-5, 2007 in Chicago. The event gets such great national attention that it was announced today that Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Barack Obama, and Gov. Bill Richardson have each confirmed their participation! The convention is hosted by DailyKos, a top liberal blog that attracts thousands and thousands of bloggers.

For more information about this event and Chris Mooney's other tour stops, visit the tour page!

Review: Storm World in Booklist!

Posted: May 23, 2007 @ 9:54 A.M.

The June 1 double issue of Booklist features a great review of Chris Mooney’s Storm World:

Mooney, whose The Republican War on Science (2005) offered a hard-hitting look at the political manipulation of scientific research, turns his attention to the hot topic of global warming.... [He] looks carefully at all sides of the debate, weighing the evidence carefully, telling us not just what’s being said but who’s saying it and why... but... doesn’t get bogged down in the politics.... This is certainly one of the most thought-provoking and accessible accounts of climate change to appear since Katrina.

Announcing the Storm World Tour!

Posted: May 5, 2007 @ 2:18 P.M.

Chris Mooney will be traveling through the heart of hurricane valley and back! Mooney's tour starts on July 11 and includes stops in ten cities. He will also be take part in an upcoming radio satellite tour on June 10! More details to come...

Visit the tour page for details!

Starred Review: Publisher's Weekly

Posted: April 20, 2007 @ 2:30 P.M.

Adding to the great review from Kirkus, the April 23 issue of Publisher’s Weekly also gives Chris Mooney’s Storm World a Starred Review!

“Mooney turns this complicated stew into a page-turner, making the science accessible to the general reader, vividly portraying the scientists and relating new discoveries while scientists and politicians change sides—or stubbornly ignore new evidence…”

Updated: The entire review is available on The Intersection, Chris Mooney's blog.

Starred Review: Kirkus Reviews

Posted: April 18, 2007 @ 1:21 P.M.

More good news for Chris Mooney’s Storm World: a Starred Review in the May 1 issue of Kirkus Reviews!

The piece refers to Storm World as:

“absorbing, informed account of the politics behind a pressing contemporary controversy.”

Updated: Read the rest of the review on The Intersection, Chris Mooney's blog.