The Tempestas Series: Book 1

Early in the 21st century, the scientific community reached the unanimous conclusion that climate change was inevitable. To avoid large-scale and irreversible damage, the warming of the planet had to be halted at less than two degrees centigrade.

Three Degrees, Book 1 in the Tempestas Series, is set in 2052, an election year in the United States. In a presidential race already fraught with charges of intrigue, matters are further complicated by a mysterious network of hackers and by news of an ominous device being built in the Chinese interior.

Senator George Cranston of the Federalist Party is an underdog presidential candidate struggling against the entrenched corruption by the ruling Doctrinist Party. His running mate, Dr. Lilly McDowell, began life as a Chinese orphan, led a firebrand life as a young activist, and is now finding herself in a world for which she is not prepared.

A world where climate change has become a reality, with devastating consequences for all of society. The struggle for order continues amid melting glaciers and ice caps, rising sea levels, deforestation, loss of species, massive dislocation of people, the spread of disease, and social and economic chaos.

On a space station, a young pilot faces the eternal challenge of an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary events. On the Galapagos Islands, a scientist from the now-extinct country of Fiji has taken the island chain to his heart, even in the face of an approaching killer typhoon and near-certain death. A small team in Borneo, led by Lilly McDowell’s daughter, struggles to save orangutans from the violence of nature and humans. An agronomist in Nigeria finds himself leading a doomed humanitarian mission. And on the home-front, families in Minneapolis and Albuquerque are coping with the daily, now routine, hardships of violent weather and shortages of life’s basics. Who will survive?

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Wurst emphasizes the heroes and heroines in the ecological front lines, still striving, against the odds, to save vanishing species and salvage the planet.
Kirkus Reviews


A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action

Little known outside a small community of insiders, the United Nations Association–USA has had an impact on both the UN and the US-UN relationship far greater than its size would suggest. Jim Wurst explores that impact as he traces the sometimes tortuous history of the UNA-USA from its earliest days to the present.

Beginning with efforts in support of the creation of the United Nations—and covering the decades-long campaign to promote the UN to the US public, the role of Eleanor Roosevelt, the decline of popular support, Track II diplomacy with Iran and the Soviet Union, and much more—Wurst draws on a wealth of archival material and personal interviews to tell an honest, and long overdue, story of the UNA-USA’s persistence, problems, and achievements.

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Provides a rare glimpse into the internal workings of the UN Association of the United States from its formative years to its merger with the UN Foundation in 2010.


This volume not only serves as an authoritative history of an important organization, but also provides important insights into network-based organizing and governance as it is evolving today.

Robert Orr, UN under-secretary-general and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy

A fascinating look at the saga of a unique organization that, against great odds, has kept alive the ideals of the UN in the United States for more than seven decades.

Stephen Schlesinger, author of Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations