Atmosphere of Hope

Atmosphere of Hope

Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Book - 2015
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A decade ago, Tim Flannery's #1 international bestseller, The Weather Makers , was one of the first books to break the topic of climate change out into the general conversation. Today, Earth's climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Political leadership has not kept up, and public engagement with the issue of climate change has declined. Opinion is divided between technological optimists and pessimists who feel that catastrophe is inevitable. The publication of this new book is timed for the lead-up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, which aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate from all the nations in the world. This book anticipates and will influence the debates.

Time is running out, but catastrophe is not inevitable. Around the world people are now living with the consequences of an altered climate--with intensified and more frequent storms, wildfires, droughts and floods. For some it's already a question of survival. Drawing on the latest science, Flannery gives a snapshot of the trouble we are in and more crucially, proposes a new way forward, including rapidly progressing clean technologies and a "third way" of soft geo-engineering. Tim Flannery, with his inimitable style, makes this urgent issue compelling and accessible. This is a must-read for anyone interested in our global future.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780802124067
Branch Call Number: 551.5 Flan
Characteristics: xix, 245 pages ; 24 cm


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bickjd Apr 18, 2016

Although it can get a little heavy with scientific figures (and what they mean), this is one of the most accessible books on the current state of climate change: the science behind it, where we stand technologically, and plausible paths forward. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific aspect of the "Climate Crisis", and is roughly 10-15 pages long. The author packs a lot of punch into each of these chapters without them dragging on for too long.

The book is also written by an Aussie, which is a fresh perspective if you normally look at climate change through an American lens.

A good, concise read.

We gotta get our collective act together quickly on this issue people. Lets get moving!!

Dec 29, 2015

An excellently written book that is as persuasive as his previous book on climate change, showing how much we need to do if we are not to completely compromise the well-being of our grandchildren.

Oct 17, 2015

Enlightening, encouraging, and exhorting - the author goes systematically through various climate issues, exploring the latest evidence debunking or, more typically, supporting, the concerns. Also contains information on the latest potential technologies that might help us save the planet after all.


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