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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Hansen Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen—the nation’s leading scientist on climate issues—speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although Hansen was Al Gore’s science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today. 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 ppm 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt Heavner | 2/16/2014

    " This is a powerful book to read. This definitely made me feel the need to investigate and get more active in climate change discussion (and action). It was very readable, and overall well laid out. Some aspects of the book felt a bit redundant, and there were a few diversions throughout the text. The personable writing style (and even apologies for diversions) and urgency of the climate issues raised made it forgivable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Allison | 2/16/2014

    " Hansen's presentation in the late eighties using what was state of the art for that time has been vindicated. This is necessary reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lyle Montgomery | 2/14/2014

    " I read the Kindle version, which is probably not the best format for this book as it has a lot of charts and graphs which are hard to see on Kindle. Nevertheless, the content of this book is fascinating and helps to make sense of the question of global warming. James Hansen comes across as a sincere scientist who wants to avert disaster by getting the message out soon enough. The science and writing style is sometimes a little hard to follow at times, but despite this I understood a great deal of what he was saying and felt this was a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to understand more about this issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shane Burgel | 2/13/2014

    " Great info, not the best writing. That is to be expected from a a career scientist I suppose. Basically unless drastic action is taken immediately the world is doomed. There is too much money in the system for drastic action to ever happen, hence doom. "

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About the Author

Dr. James Hansen is best known for bringing global warming to the world’s attention in the 1980s, when he first testified before Congress. An adjunct professor in the department of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University and at Columbia’s Earth Institute, and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, he is frequently called to testify before Congress on climate issues. Dr. Hansen’s background in both space and earth sciences allows a broad perspective on the status and prospects of our home planet. Storms of My Grandchildren is his first book.