Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity

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James C. Hansen
Bloomsbury USA; First American Edition edition (December 8, 2009) Book Description:

An urgent and provocative call to action from the world’s leading climate scientist—speaking out here for the first time with the full story of what we need to know about humanity’s last chance to get off the path to a catastrophic global meltdown, and why we don’t know the half of it.

In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. 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 the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science, responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests. Hansen shows why President Obama’s solution, cap-and-trade, which Al Gore has signed on to, won’t work; why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a goal we must achieve 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 to coincide with 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—and our grandchildren—from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed.

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You can also listen to the author, James Hansen, give a TED Talk about climate change here.

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  1. Subhashini Chandrasekaran says:

    Usually books like Storms of my Grandchildren are not books that I would be interested to read. But once I got into this book, it became one of the most interesting books that I have ever read. It continued to keep surprising me. For example, when he first mentioned that, instead of trying to attain 450 ppm as the maximum amount of Carbon Dioxide in the air (which was the goal he wanted to attain in 2001), the world needs to reach of level of only 350 ppm of Carbon Dioxide in the air, I was simply astounded. I knew attaining 350 ppm is an extremely hard task. When Hansen mentioned that if we don’t attain this goal, the world could be in a lot of trouble, it was one of the few times reading a book actually gave me goose bumps. By reading this book, I clearly wanted to make changes in my lifestyle to help with the global effort. Usually, I might say that I am going to try to recycle more or something of that sort, but Hansen already stated in the book that these small efforts would not be enough. Therefore, I realized my efforts had to be much more drastic. That is why I am going to try and spread the word about this book as much as possible, and when I finally get a group of people who feel the same way I do, I hope to get in contact with our mayor and see what changes he can make in our city. Then if we are lucky, hopefully we got up the ladder and sooner or later reach the congress!

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