Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity Paperback – 4 Jan 2011
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'When the history of the climate crisis is written, Hansen will be seen as the scientist with the most powerful and consistent voice calling for intelligent action to preserve our planet's environment.' (Al Gore)
'Anyone concerned about the world our children and grandchildren must inherit owes it to themselves to read this book' (Irish Times)
'James Hansen gives us the opportunity to watch a scientist who is sick of silence and compromise; a scientist at the breaking point - the point at which he is willing to sacrifice his credibility to make a stand to avert disaster' (LA Times)
'Few people know more about climate change than James Hansen ... This unnerving and fluently written book is the definitive one to read' (BBC Wildlife)
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If you prefer a quiet life without challenging questions and confronting dilemmas, DON'T read this book.
Everyone I know is too tired, busy and overworked, chasing small economies and big luxuries, to care about the impending climate disaster. This book is a call to action.
It also scares me to read the how political appointees at the US president offices determine about the future of our grandchildren by controlling and censuring climate science. And even with the Obama there is not much hope......
The additional value of this book is in its very personal touch by the author.
However, to me there is still one essential piece of the climate puzzle missing. Even Hansen assumes that humanity will continue to live as we are doing now, he only addresses the population problem, in the same consumerism lifestyle and global economic system that are proving not to be sustainable. We are not only emitting greenhouse gasses but we are also depleting other resources and we live in system of intrinsic social injustice at a massive scale.
A professor and director of the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Dr Hansen is one of those almost legendary figures in environmentalism (but not of the hippy persuasion) like Rachel Carson ('Silent Spring') before him. Full of scientific detail gleaned from his long career, the book is occasionally heavy going, but it's message is horrifically fascinating. Although it's basically a simple one: the climate clearly is warming, the biggest fossil fuel culprit is coal, burning it must stop now, before we pass a 'tipping point' after which uncontrollable runaway warming will kick in, and the world's politicians, in spite of much 'greenwashing', have so far done very little about it.
But it's not (quite) too late, Dr Hansen says, to rescue the situation, and he suggests ways in which future disaster can be averted, given a sea change by policy makers demanded by all of us. James Hansen is not a scintillating writer - he's more at home writing scientific papers - and he often apologises for the fact, but he leavens things a bit at one point by switching to science-fiction mode and imagining a world utterly ruined, a passage that I found quite moving. And a short, beautiful passage at the end is quite heartbreaking.
This should be compulsory reading, particularly for young people. After all, it'll be their children who could reap a bitter harvest. A frightening, compelling but ultimately hopeful book.
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A very-impressive thoroughly-comprehensive summarising of the nightmare-extinction scenario ahead for humankind from Planet Earth becoming a furnace like Planet Venus IF... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K J LUCK
He tells it how it is based on science and the past record of Earth's history not on models within which there may be don't knows we don't know.Published 14 months ago by heilanman
Not even finished it yet! but I'm impressed, more detailed info than I
Expected and beyond my mathematics really but a useful reference
I researched this subject as thoroughly as I could in 2008 in order to give a layperson's talk on the subject. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2014 by Mr. D. J. Warden
I saw the hardback of this book in a charity shop in October 2010 and was surprised, because I remembered James Lovelock writing that Dr. Read morePublished on 28 May 2013 by peregrine1
this is a book well worth reading - I cannot say I understood every thing but I did understand the wayour guvs are trying to mislead us !Published on 3 May 2013 by Mrs. D. I. Denby
I came away from reading this book feeling profoundly pessimistic, yet I cannot fault the science - it's whether human attitudes can change sufficiently quickly to undo (some of... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Frank Mitchell
James Hansen is a leading scientist in the field of climate and climate change. This book sets out the science behind global warming and explains why it is dangerous. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by Simon
The storms in this book's title refer to the extreme weather conditions the author's (and our) grandchildren will have to endure if business continues as usual. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by Alan Neale