Storms Of My Grandchildren: The Truth About The Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity
Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to ...more
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The problem here is that this isn't a book about climate science. This is a memoir about Hansen's "experiences as a scientist interacting with policy makers" (p. xi)
You can see the approaching flaw, already, right?
"On June 23, 1988, I was a witness, an official witness, when I testified to a Senate committee chaired by Tim Wirth of Colorado . . ." (p. xv)
"I was escorted from the briefing by David Halpern, a staff member in Marburger's OSTP, who commented that they would have another pres ...more
This book is an unhappy combination of climate science primer and political memoir. The science is fairly intense (not hard, but he doesn't waste time getting to details) but scattered and the political memoir is, frankly, boring. It is an important book in that this i ...more
Pulished in 2009, some of it has not dated particularly well - especially the accounts of meetings on green issues with politicians of the Bush and Obama administrations, which are now a bit dull (reading blow-by-blow accounts of political workshops and conversations from ...more
I couldn't resist another heavy book, because I consider "Storms" to be a companion t ...more
But if you stick with it, it's really educational and motivational. He talks about the possibility of a runaway greenhouse effect in which the Earth essentially turns into a planet like Venus. He talks about resistance ...more
James Hansen tells us, “My role is that of a witness, not a preacher.” In the late 1980’s he was one of the first major climate scientists to publicly state that anthropogenic global warming was a serious problem. While the idea was not new, he was willing to draw firm conclusions from evidence that most other scientists did not consider to be sufficiently certain. His predictions turned out to be reasonably accurate. Now he is trying to repeat this accomplishment, ...more
"I did not want my grandchildren, someday in the future, to look back and say, 'Opa understood what was happening, but he did not make it clear.'"
James Hansen is known as the father of climate change for his work at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. This is basically his memoir/PSA setting the record straight on his career, his research, and its implications. The book has a lot of flaws - it is poorly organized, and he spends a lot of time airing professiona ...more
He is very clear in the book about what we know and what we don't know.
One thing we do know is that the West Antarctic ice sheet is going to collapse if CO2 emissions are not curtailed. We don't yet know when the collapse will star ...more
The latter can be summarised in one word - censorship, both by the US administration and NASA muzzling their scientists. This seems to surprise Hansen. He also has touching faith in informing the public. They don't care, James. They're only concerned with Strictly Come Dancing and their pay cheques. Effective action will ha...more
"If the sun becomes brighter, it is a climate forcing that would tend to make earth warmer. A human-made change of atmospheric composition is also a climate forcing."
"The largest human-made climate forcing is due to greenhouse gases."
"What is cl ...more
Hansen insists he doesn't mean to fear monger, but goes on to use terms like global catastrophe, end of the world, a planet in peril, death of the planet, etc. These emotionally charged terms seem totally out of place in his otherwise sane presentation of scientific information.
He obviously knows little to nothing about biology or astronomy, because he states over and over that all life on Ear ...more
Don't expect all science, I wish there had been more too because he writes about the science so well and in layman terms. It is not a textbook, it's a look into Hansens perspective and the motivations of his passion whilst providing the ...more
It seems to me that James Hansen is a modern-day Cassandra. He knows, through the gifts of hard work and science, that civilization is causing its own demise through its obsessive compulsion to burn every drop of ...more
I read the first chapter of this book nearly three months ago and got sidetracked on many other more entertaining, but clearly less important books (e.g. Fletch). In pursuing the science, Dr. Hansen found that politics has continued to block action (and in Hansen's case even communication). This book shares his personal story as a scientist, who is focused on discovering the objective information fo ...more
There are perhaps better, more up-to-date general introductions to climate science (although this one is surely up there...). However, Hansens unique personal story makes for an interesting, ...more
Hansen lays out the evidence as of 2009 and if anything, I think the evidence is leaning towards the less desirable outcomes compared to the mean value as expressed in the book (ie, certain aspects of climate change are occurring faster than anticipated).
He points out clearly that he historical record can sh ...more
This book tells the hard facts about global warming, and explains how to go about implementing the changes that needs to be done. I feel that this has been ignored for far too long. Time has run out and action has to be started now. This book is easy to read and understand in words that anyone can understand. Well written and told how a lot of effort has been expended to keep the truth from being used for effective legislation to address this immediate issue. A must read fo ...more