Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781935704560 Published February 2014
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9781935704577 Published October 2015

Living on the Real World

How Thinking and Acting like Meteorologists Will Help Save the Planet

William H. Hooke

Living on the Real World

William H. Hooke

Distributed for American Meteorological Society

272 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781935704560 Published February 2014
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9781935704577 Published October 2015
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. With climate change a reality, William H. Hooke suggests we look to meteorologists as a model for how we can solve the twenty-first century’s most urgent environmental problems.

Living on the Real World explains why we should be approaching environmental issues collaboratively, each taking on a challenging aspect and finding solutions to small parts of the larger problem. It outlines current crises brought about by climate change and extreme weather, including effects on food, water, and energy, and then explores the ways we can tackle these problems together. Blending science with a philosophical approach, Hooke offers a clear-eyed analysis as well as an inspiring call to action. Everyone from scientists to politicians, educators to journalists, and businesses large and small, can—and must—participate in order to save the planet for generations to come.

Author’s Intent



Living on the (Physical) Real World

Living on the Real World (Social Reality)

A persistence Forecast for the 21st Century

A Basis of Facts


Opportunities for Improving Policy

Hazards Policy Innovation

Taking Policies from Abstraction to Action

Social Networking

Reanalysis and an Updated Forecast




Review Quotes
Andrew C. Revkin | New York Times
"Bill Hooke of the American Meteorological Society is an invaluable guide to the interface of science and policy in relation to the atmosphere, climate, weather and disasters."
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