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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; First American Edition edition (Dec 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608192008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608192007
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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“Rich in invaluable insights into the geopolitics as well as the geophysics of climate change, Hansen's guaranteed-to-be-controversial manifesto is the most comprehensible, realistic, and courageous call to prevent climate change yet. It belongs in every library.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Here Hansen takes off the gloves … As the author writes, we're simply out of time. With urgency and authority, Hansen urges readers to speak out--taking to the streets if necessary--to protect the Earth from calamity for the sake of their children and grandchildren.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“When the history of the climate crisis is written, Hansen will be seen as the scientist with the most powerful and consistent voice calling for intelligent action to preserve our planet's environment.” ―Al Gore

“In Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, James Hansen gives us the opportunity to watch a scientist who is sick of silence and compromise; a scientist at the breaking point -- the point at which he is willing to sacrifice his credibility to make a stand to avert disaster, to offer up the fruits of four-plus decades of inquiry and ingenuity just in case he might change the course of history…An urgent book.” ―Los Angeles Times

“Hands down the best, most informative, brilliantly written book on general climate science I've ever read...” ―DailyKos.com

“Read these two books and you will become both a knowledgeable eyewitness to our unfolding crisis, and even an advocate for change.” ―Dr. Francis Moul, The Lincoln Journal Star

“Dr. James Hansen is Paul Revere to the foreboding tyranny of climate chaos--a modern-day hero who has braved criticism and censure and put his career and fortune at stake to issue the call to arms against the apocalyptic forces of ignorance and greed.” ―Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“This is "An Inconvenient Truth" on steroids. The book is well written, well presented, captivating, and depressing. The perfect Christmas gift for your favorite climate geek, or even your favorite denialist!” ―Greg Laden's Blog

“Jim Hansen is the planet's great hero. He offered us the warning we needed twenty years ago, and has worked with enormous courage ever since to try and make sure we heeded it. We'll know before long if that effort bears fruit--if it does, literally no one deserves more credit than Dr. Hansen.” ―Bill McKibben, coordinator 350.org and author of The End of Nature

“This is not the best-written science book ever, nor the easiest to understand. But it could be the most important one you'll ever read. It's not too late to avert disaster, Hansen says, but we need to change tack fast.” ―Michael Le Page, New Scientist

“If you want to know the scientific consensus on global warming, read the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But if you want to know what the consensus will be ten years from now, read Jim Hansen's work.” ―Dr. Chuck Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and American Solar Energy Society (ASES), editor of ASES report "Tackling Climate Change in the U.S."

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“Dr. James Hansen is Paul Revere to the foreboding tyranny of climate chaos—a modern-day hero who has braved criticism and censure and put his career and fortune at stake to issue the call to arms against the apocalyptic forces of ignorance and greed.”—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
 
“When the history of the climate crisis is written, Hansen will be seen as the scientist with the most powerful and consistent voice calling for intelligent action to preserve our planet's environment.”—Al Gore, Time magazine

“Rich in invaluable insights into the geopolitics as well as the geophysics of climate change, Hansen’s guaranteed-to-be-controversial manifesto is the most comprehensible, realistic, and courageous call to prevent climate change yet. It belongs in every library.”Booklist (starred review)

“Here Hansen takes off the gloves … As the author writes, we’re simply out of time. With urgency and authority, Hansen urges readers to speak out—taking to the streets if necessary—to protect the Earth from calamity for the sake of their children and grandchildren.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is not the best-written science book ever, nor the easiest to understand. But it could be the most important one you'll ever read. It's not too late to avert disaster, Hansen says, but we need to change tack fast.”New Scientist

“In Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, James Hansen gives us the opportunity to watch a scientist who is sick of silence and compromise; a scientist at the breaking point -- the point at which he is willing to sacrifice his credibility to make a stand to avert disaster, to offer up the fruits of four-plus decades of inquiry and ingenuity just in case he might change the course of history…An urgent book.”Los Angeles Times

“Read these two books and you will become both a knowledgeable eyewitness to our unfolding crisis, and even an advocate for change.”The Lincoln Journal Star

“Jim Hansen is the planet’s great hero. He offered us the warning we needed twenty years ago, and has worked with enormous courage ever since to try and make sure we heeded it. We’ll know before long if that effort bears fruit—if it does, literally no one deserves more credit than Dr. Hansen.”—Bill McKibben, coordinator 350.org and author of The End of Nature

“If you want to know the scientific consensus on global warming, read the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But if you want to know what the consensus will be ten years from now, read Jim Hansen’s work.”—Dr. Chuck Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and American Solar Energy Society (ASES), editor of ASES report “Tackling Climate Change in the U.S.”

“This is "An Inconvenient Truth" on steroids. The book is well written, well presented, captivating, and depressing. The perfect Christmas gift for your favorite climate geek, or even your favorite denialist!” Greg Laden’s Blog

“Hands down the best, most informative, brilliantly written book on general climate science I've ever read…The book seamlessly integrates that original analysis and the latest scientific findings with the author's growing realization that the news is bad, getting worse, and too many elected leaders are either green-washing the issue or denying it exists…Readers from all across the political spectrum will quickly come to respect the fiercely independent, brutally honest Hansen as he heaps both encouragement and criticism equally on people and party…Storms of my Grandchildren will make an ideal Christmas gift for the science aficionado or climate change skeptic in your life, especially on the tight budgets plaguing so many Americans this year.”—DailyKos.com
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The worst part of the recent book by NASA climatologist James Hansen is, undoubtedly, the subtitle. "The truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity" ' really? That doesn't sound like the intrinsic, subdued style of Dr. Hansen. In my opinion, it simply alienates the very audience he's trying to reach: moderate, concerned non-scientists.

The inside of the book is much better. While he couldn't resist slipping in a good deal of hard science (and, in my opinion, these were the best parts), the real focus was on climate policy, and the relationship between science and policy. Hansen struggled with the prospect of becoming involved in policy discussions, but soon realized that he didn't want his grandchildren, years from now, to look back at his work and say, 'Opa understood what was happening, but he did not make it clear.'

Hansen is very good at distinguishing between his scientific work and his opinions on policy, and makes no secret of which he would rather spend time on. 'I prefer to just do science,' he writes in the introduction. 'It's more pleasant, especially when you are having some success in your investigations. If I must serve as a witness, I intend to testify and then get back to the laboratory, where I am comfortable. That is what I intend to do when this book is finished.'

Hansen's policy opinions centre on a cap-and-dividend system: a variant of a carbon tax, where revenue is divided evenly among citizens and returned to them. His argument for a carbon tax, rather than cap-and-trade, is compelling, and certainly convinced me.
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The author, James Hansen, is one of the world's best known authorities on global climate change. I feel that because of this, "Storms......." is written as his form of mia culpa to society for his perceived failure to have the world systems successfully deal with this impending crisis. The failure is not on his part, however. While it lies primarily with the 'what is in it for me' political systems at large, the rest of the blame lies with us, the uninformed, lazy and uneducated public. It is much easier for us to tune into the latest Fox News anti-warming sound byte or to repeat the bumper-sticker mentality of the fringe 'scientists' who have sold their souls to Big-Oil and their coniving partners than it is to research the truth. Shame on us. And now our children and grandchildren must pay the price.

In this must read book, the author is a bit too repetitious and is overly concerned with some personal minutia, but the concepts, the long-term research that has been done and the frightening prognosis is well thought out and explicitly clear. The time, as Hansen states, to deal easily and inexpensively with this issue has long ago passed us by. While the tipping point is yet to be reached, it is lying very close to the horizon. As is suggested, it is time for us to do our postponed research, bombard our representatives with calls and emails and make the truth known. If we don't and this crisis is not averted, the storms of all of our grandchildren will be of great magnitude.
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From the Man who DOES know what he's talking about - with the experience and judgement to bring to bear, we had better listen to what he has to say. He knows of what he speaks. His bosses didn't. His warnings are real. The early stages are already unfolding as he outlines in this book. If you want to really worry, read what he has to saw about Greenland. James Hansen is the Real Deal. We ignore him at our peril.
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Writer Robert Pool has defined a 'witness' as 'someone who believes he has information so important that he cannot keep silent.' In the preface to his book, Storms of My Grandchildren, climatologist James Hansen identifies himself using the term. It is truly worrisome to be living in an age when such a prominent climate scientist sees his role in this way ' and sees himself as having uncovered information of such importance that he cannot remain an adviser on the political sidelines. Storms of My Grandchildren is the most frightening thing I have ever read, and may end up being one of the most important.

James Hansen explains why we know as much as we do about the climate: not from computerized climate models, but from the evidence of climatic history laid down in ice cores and sediments. The story they tell is one of a dynamic system capable of amplifying small initial changes, and one in which rapid swings have taken place. Hansen identifies the greatest risks from climate change as the destabilization of ice sheets and the loss of biodiversity accompanying the many effects of climate change. On sea level rise, he explains:

If humanity burns most of the fossil fuels, doubling or tripling the preindustrial carbon dioxide level, Earth will surely head toward the ice-free condition, with sea level 75 meters (250 feet) higher than today. It is difficult to say how long it will take for the melting to be complete, but once ice sheet disintegration gets well under way, it will be impossible to stop. (p.
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