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Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity Hardcover – December 8, 2009
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Chp. 1: Dick Cheney's climate task force. The frustrations of politics with a little science tossed in.
Chp. 2: The A-team. Hansen retreats and thinks through climate policy with his students.
Chp. 3: Visit to the White House. He's hopeful, then disappointed. This chapter launches into serious Paleoclimate science and explains the mystery of why the world starts to warm from an ice age before carbon dioxide increases. Fascinating if you like science. Otherwise, skim for interesting tidbits -- ice that would crush "New York City to smithereens," the development of civilization, coastal fishing, and more.
The first big surprise: "It may seem that I am harsh on climate models." He doesn't think they're good at estimating "climate sensitivity." In fact, he says, "Thirty years later [after the National Academy's 1979 estimate], models alone still cannot do much better."
Chp. 4: Back to 1989. Hansen asks for satellite instruments to collect crucial global warming data. No luck.
Chp. 5: A Slippery Slope. In 2003 Hansen writes an article with "extensive criticisms of IPCC" (UN climate science).Read more ›
It was James Hansen's testimony before congress in 1988 that brought global warming into the public square as an issue, and he has been at the center of the shouting match ever since. He begins the book by recounting his efforts to convince the political leadership of the importance of tackling climate change in the Bush Administration. Unfortunately, the political appointees in NASA did all they could to keep him from expressing the views in a public setting, using a law about government employees engaging in political campaigns. Hansen expressly says that he prefers to stick to the science, but that the problem is so daunting that he had to speak out.
Hansen actually talks about the science behind climate change, and makes it relatively easy for readers to understand. With a large amount of Co2 emissions, heat is trapped in the atmosphere, and there's an energy imbalance between how much heat is coming into the earth from the sun and how much is radiated back into space- thus resulting in the temperature warming up. So Co2 is a climate "forcing" as he puts it.Read more ›
Therefore I would argue that this generation of the U.S. public is facing our single greatest historical test relative to what the rest of the world requires of us in order to defend humanity against catastrophe. Is this mere hyperbole on my part? Especially given the enormous tests previously thrown our way - such as the U.S.'s engagement in the Atlantic Theater of WWII and our contributions in the Cold War. It's not hyperbole if you've studied the ecological and economic damage coming our way if we don't quickly reverse the rate we emit anthropogenic ("human-generated") greenhouse gases coupled to the U.S. government's inability or unwillingness to set policies mitigating global warming; the latter being the primary factor why it falls on the American people's shoulders to get our government moving out domestically. Especially since we need to garner leverage to better engage the rest of the world, China and India in particular. Therefore my `greatest challenge in America's history' assertion becomes at least arguable if not self-evident.
Even being cognizant of this reality, I was concerned that Dr.Read more ›
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If you're at all curious or concerned about climate change, this is an essential book to read. Hansen reviews the scientific evidence and the political controversies of the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by KPNPHDMD
Best to explain climate warming, but technical and. Worth it!Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer disappointed !
Why is Carbon Fee and Dividend not implemented???????
Great book that everybody should read!
Its a nice read and very informative of the workings of the weather agency he headed.
Certainly the ups and downs are exposed.
The classic book - ignored by the Neanderthals in the US Congress - about climate change by the greatest climate-change scientist alive.Published 1 month ago by Nellie Voratnatz
The Climate Science in this book is excellent.
It is therefore most surprising and disappointing that the author allows himself to be so easily misled by a decades-long... Read more
If you are confused about what climate change is, how and why it is happening, and what it means for you and your descendants, then this is the book to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by COWolf
Fantastic detailed, scientific explanation of global warming and climate change coupled with political/economic mis-representations of the facts and consequences of business as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Conrad J. Willett