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Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

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In Now or Never, the internationally acclaimed author of The Weather Makers returns to the subject of climate change with a book that is at once a forceful call to action and a deeply (and often surprisingly) pragmatic roadmap toward sustainability. Utilizing the most up-to-the-minute data available, Tim Flannery offers a guided tour of the environmental challenges we face ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published September 1st 2008)
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Jenny williams
Dec 03, 2012 Jenny williams rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've ever read by Tim Flannery and within the first few pages I was in love. Books like this that talk about our planet and all the current threats to it in this present day is the scariest for the human race to face; that's why most don't. I was very interested in climate change and how long our planet earth will withhold all of the different things we do to it on a day to day basis. Flannery goes into detail about global warming and how big of a factor it is on climate c ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a book that every human being should be physically forced to read, this very instant. global warming is real (as Flannery points out 40% of people still don't think so), and our atmosphere has already reached a temperature that scientists believe is too high to continue to sustain life as we know it on our little planet.

I am horrible at reviews and synopses, suffice it to say this book is a must-read. if you are a global warming skeptic or even if you already believe in global warming,
Mar 04, 2012 Marshall rated it really liked it
Wow, I wish more books were like this, particularly environmental books. It's short and sweet, and virtually free of ideology. It clearly discusses the problems we face, and then moves swiftly onto several very practical and even profitable solutions that can be enacted today. These aren't the typical canned answers you normally hear--drive a hybrid and use CFLs. These are fairly novel, targeted precisely at changes that will bring the most bang for the buck: preventing rain forest destruction a ...more
Nov 16, 2013 Colin rated it it was amazing
It was hard for me to start this book. The possible (probable) future it portrays is so depressing. But I'm glad I finished it, because the later sections give me hope.

This essay more than any other I have read gives a clear vision of what is going wrong with the climate at a global scale, and it presents real, evidence-based approaches to fixing the problem. It gives me hope that if we can only get started the problem could even be fixed, and even if we must resign ourselves to a world without
Dec 06, 2013 Keith rated it really liked it
Good book. Easy to read. The first half of the book paints a rather sobering picture of the human impact on the climate and what scientist predict we can expect in the future. Basically, if we do nothing to reverse climate change, we are in for a world of hurt with major impact on civilization as we know it. In the second half of the book Flannery proposes a proposes a number of novel ideas to reduce greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, it appears that world leaders, for the most part, are choosing ...more
A discussion of the definition of sustainability and their various ethical insinuations. Presentation of select facts proving warming etc. ETS, a few of the drawbacks and holes in the system, and a few suggestions (subsistence farmers in tropical/ideal climates being paid to establish/maintain forests is a fair idea). Geothermal energy production, specifically Australia, and more efficient infrastructure. Diet. These are the sorts of things discussed. If you want to know more about any of these ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
This book provides an essential understanding of global warming and cogent arguments for ways to combat it. It is concise, well written, and well-documented with evidence from the world's leading climate scientists. At this point, climate change is no longer a theory to be disputed. It is up to those of us who are alive today to deal with climate change in the same manner as "the greatest generation" in their response to Hitler's domination of Europe. We can, and must, do it. Read this book and ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Dave rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a brain
The consequence on not acting swiftly and decisively on climate change is made very clear in this book. It is chilling to read. The impact of purple oceans and a green sky is the stuff of nightmares. The good news is that it is probably preventable, if we would just get our act together. Right now, politicians beholden to carbon based energy should be treated as lepers. They need to go away and stay away so the rest of us can clean up the mess they've created. A must read if you have children an ...more
Judy Lindow
Dec 15, 2013 Judy Lindow rated it did not like it
Shelves: activism
I have to return this book because I agree with Peter Singer. Strongly. And think Mr. Flannery's rebuttal is weak, weak, weak; this is no time to avoid the impact our food choices have in contributing to climate change. This is NOT just about methane and nitrous oxide, it's about deforestation (loss of carbon intake, sequestration, oxygen, etc.) for grazing and global depletion of resources. I feel the book verges on denial when it ignores the gravitas of eating meat. Boo.
Oct 10, 2011 Petersong rated it liked it
An interesting point made by Tim Flannery in this book is that in its Fourth Assessment Report (2007) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the global warming trend was "very likely" caused by humans. This body of experts is very conservative as it works by consensus. This means that government representatives from countries including the United States, China and Saudi Arabia must assent to every word of every finding.

Jake Berlin
this book approaches climate change from a very scientific point of view (something i appreciate), and surprisingly taught me a few things i didn't know. at the same time, i wish it had come to a more satisfying conclusion -- you certainly know what flannery is saying, but you leave wishing he had finished on a stronger note.
John Walls
Aug 03, 2014 John Walls rated it liked it
A less than practical response to the situation of climate change. Very alarmist and it sounded like a script for someone debating the issue with a denier who had no chance of winning. The information was valid, but the argument was way overstayed.
Sep 12, 2010 Geoff rated it really liked it
A clear statement of where the world stands in relation to the climate crisis. Flannery is insightful and pragmatic about the hope that still exists and the reality we are leaving for the next generation. This is a book everyone should read, if only to brace themselves for what is coming.
Joseph Young
A little depressing. It calls for action on a much broader scale than what individuals can do on their own; rather it calls for action at a governmental level.
Cara Schwarz
Mar 20, 2011 Cara Schwarz rated it it was amazing
A thoughtprovoking book about what we humans are getting up to ... do not agree with all he says but I actually want to read it again ...
The first 50 pages of this book are depressing as hell. The following 150 attempt to show you a way through to hope.
Aug 20, 2011 Rachael rated it it was ok
wanted to know more about climate change - this was ok, but it didn't particularly persuade me or excite me
Jun 01, 2009 Rachel marked it as to-read
I'm gonna pass this pre-pub to my Dad...
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Tim Flannery is one of Australia's leading thinkers and writers.

An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and in 2006 won the NSW Premiers Literary Prizes for B
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