So much that I didn't know. I knew climate change was happening, but had no idea as to the scale or rate. This book is hard to read if you have children. Hansen has clearly dedicated his life to saving the earth for his grandchildren, but unfortunately, as he plainly lays out, the scientific and political realities don't leave much room for optimism.
Straightforward presentation of science and how policy makers get it wrong. A leading climate scientist writes a book because the scientific consensus about a calamity in the making is being ignored.
Bumping head against corporate ceiling. Trying to position myself for more opportunity. I like leadership, science and sustainability.
The narration. It's brutal.
If the...narrator would....speak in....complete sentences...without these awkward....pauses.
Eventually, yes. Global climate change data changes and the book should be updated with the most current information.
I bought the printed version for my brother for Christmas, so haven't read his, yet.
Science is about finding the truth, sometimes it's arduous and circuitous, but hopefully the end will be clearer than the start. Max Plank once said that "An experiment is a question
which science poses to Nature & a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer."
So the study of Climate is the same, a difficult and roundabout process, well described
and thoughtfully presented by "Storms of My Grandchildren". The only problem is the unusual outside harassment; thankfully I do not receive any in my field.
First, about the narrator: terrible choice. He is very monotone and sometimes sounds as though he is recording in a bathroom stall or closet. As for the book, I longed for a convenient way to skip past all of Hansen's retelling of old political fights. They weren't illuminating and were often quite boring. On the other hand, the science is downright terrifying. He brushed off geoengineering as the wrong approach in less than a page, but went on and on about what countries needed to do to stop rising carbon levels. It quickly becomes clear Hansen may know his science, but misunderestimates the conservative politics driving policy in this country. There is no chance any of his suggestions will be implemented until it is way too late. Good luck to us all.
There is a gap between what those who study the details know, and what the public know. Although this book will not reach many of the latter, it will reach many on the fringe - it is therefore up to us to carry the banner and alert the sleeping masses to the facts: when we burn carbon we are playing with fire.
James Hansen carries the best credentials you could ask for: who else can say they predicted global warming in 1980? Of course this blessing is also a curse; critics can argue he is biased, and of course he is, but he is not delusional: he admits openly that models are far from good enough for us to rely on, but argues rather that the evidence of the past (paleoclimatology) gives a pretty good cause for concern. The risks are simply too great for "business as usual". Read this book and make up your own mind - afterwards, not before.
This is an important book that offers a deep, objective understanding of the climate crisis. And yet, it invokes a passionate call to take action and share the science. If you are going to read just one book this year about the global climate crisis, make it Storms of My Grandchildren.
In Depth Look at our world by author who takes the view that our grandchildren are important!
Has anyone tested the current ionosphere D' and F1 layers to see if they have changed i n depth over the years. I worked for the Federal Canadian atmospheric service in the 1950s testing earth radiation protection. More carbon dioxide makes radio transmission from the 'D' layer easier due to longer and more refraction of the RF energy. More 'D' layer energy gives earth extra heat. GREAT BOOK! Thanks James