So not only am I on the longlist (see below) but I am one of six finalists. Which is very, very thrilling. And this is what they have to say about my essay "The Rainmaker's Flood":
The Rainmaker’s Flood – Jennifer Kabat
A fascinating account of human attempts to manipulate weather. Kabat explores the botched history of weather-making, from Kepler’s theories to the use of acid rain by the US military as a weapon of war in Vietnam. A compelling scientific investigation into dust, snow, ice, weather and war.
‘ “What’s worse,” one State Department official said that July, “dropping bombs or rain?”. The answer, I know, might be obvious, but when that rain included lead, and lead led to lead poisoning and potentially poisoned everything that water fed: rice, fish, plants, people….’
You can read more here on their site... The winner is announced October 3rd and all the finalists are published together in Notting Hill Editions' stylish cloth-bound hardbacks...