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But politicians haven't made the connection between the policy and the science. Hansen shows why Gore's solution - cap and trade - won't work, why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 parts per million of carbon is a goal we must achieve in the next two decades if our children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the storms of the book's title.
This urgent manifesto bucks conventional wisdom (including the Kyoto Protocol) and is sure to stir controversy, but Hansen - whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, beginning in the 1980s when he first warned Congress about global warming - is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide.
Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in the near future, mere years and decades from now, if we follow the course we're on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to do what we need to save the planet. Urgent, strong action is needed, and this book, released just before the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009, will be key in setting the agenda going forward to create a groundswell, a tipping point, to save humanity from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed.
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By Michael G on 07-06-10
Too Bad this critical read is so boring!
Although this is a 'must read' for those seriously interested in climate change, the author spends an inordinate amount of prose discussing his self-perceived failures to effectively communicate and convince government officials around the world that real action relative to AGC is critical. I found this exceedingly boring and self indulgent. Hansen is so detailed relative to many issues that I found myself tuning out until the relevent point was made. On the positive side there is a great deal of data and information presented. Hansen does a great job of arguing why nuclear power using breeder reactors may be the only way to replace coal and other fossil fuels for power generation. I suggest Hansen engage a writer who can summarize the data and important points, and make concise arguments which are understandable by the majority. I wish Hansen was as great a spokesman for the cause as he is a great scientist.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Brad on 01-17-10
This is a must read
Hansen is a great scientist but this book proves he is an even better citizen. It lays out his beliefs on climate changes and offers solutions like no book I have ever read. The conclusions are devasting and horrifying.
It is very technical at times but that is excusable because Hansen helps you understand fully how quickly and grotesquely the deniers and critics have been with the science.
You feel the pain of Hansen as he describes the events of the past few decades as science has been twisted and denied by lesser minds and far lesser men. It is a tragedy that we have little time to correct.
This book spurred me to action. I cannot imagine a more important book to read at this time.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By Lord Peridot on 08-16-17
Try "Global warming, global threat" instead
James Hansen is a very important and inspirational figure in the fight against climate change. But this audiobook is tedious, at least in parts. Its a shame as there is valuable information in there. Instead, I recommend The Modern Scholar lectures by Michael McElroy "Global warming, Global threat". These are clear, concise, interesting and well delivered by this Harvard professor. Also available on Audible are "The vanishing face of Gaia" by James Lovelock and "Global climate change" by Pilkey and Pilkey. Both are excellent books and blessedly short. Finally, for an interesting discussion on the psychology of climate change denial and indifference George Marshall's book "Don't even think about it" makes for interesting reading. Whoops, I mean audiobook listening!
By Joe on 04-07-13
Tough but interesting reading
This was not an easy read. In fact, I very nearly gave up after the first few chapters which were heavy on personality politics and light on science. However I'm glad I stuck with it as the second half of the book is far superior, with more science, better writing style and some scary facts. I wouldn't call this a great book, but it deserves it's four stars because it is an important book. It's hard not to feel compelled by the central argument here, and the authors reputation and experience suggest it is supported by solid science. A book everyone should read, even though it requires some effort.