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Losing Earth

The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change - what was happening, why it was happening and how to stop it. Over the next 10 years, we had the very real opportunity to stop it. Obviously, we failed.

Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking account of that failure - and how tantalisingly close we came to signing binding treaties that would have saved us all before the fossil fuels industry and politicians committed to anti-scientific denialism - is already a journalistic blockbuster, a full issue of the New York Times Magazine that has earned favourable comparisons to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and John Hersey’s Hiroshima. Rich has become an instant, in-demand expert and speaker. A major movie deal is already in place. It is the story, perhaps, that can shift the conversation.

In the audiobook Losing Earth, Rich is able to provide more of the context for what did - and didn’t - happen in the 1980s and, more important, is able to carry the story fully into the present day and wrestle with what those past failures mean for us in 2019. It is not just an agonising revelation of historical missed opportunities but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we got to now and what we can and must do before it's truly too late.

©2019 Nathaniel Rich (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-19

Essential reading

Terrifying but vital if we are all to collectively change the course of a not too distant cataclysmic future. Should be essential reading and on the school curriculum too.

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  • Robin
  • 05-07-19

Read this book.

The best book about climate change I've ever read. For everyone. Will change your life.

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  • Simone Chalkley
  • 08-25-19

Climate Emergency essential history

This is essential listening about how world governments historically (and now) failed to act on existing scientific knowledge and evidence on the Climate Emergency. Easy to understand. Not so easy to comprehend. #TellTheTruth #ActNow

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  • S. Newman
  • 08-17-19

Interesting and frustrating history lesson

A very good insight into what we knew about climate change when we had a real chance of doing something about it, as welm as the ignorance, arroclgance and sheer idiocy of the political and business leaders that bluntly ignored it.

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  • KC
  • 05-28-19

We are rushing to our own destruction

A brilliantly narrated story of the one moment when we could have saved the planet. But due to the intransigence of the USA we failed. Frustrating and frightening in equal measure this book brings to life the hero’s and villains of climate change. And here we are, 40 years on, still doing nothing.

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  • John
  • 05-11-19

Read it

Good story. Makes me wonder why the hell I didn't know of this 20 years earlier, a guinely good call to arms. But the number of players in the story can be distracting from the undellying mesage which is.. WTF! are we doing? We need to take action, now, more than ever.