Storms of My Grandchildren

  • by James Hansen
  • Narrated by John Allen Nelson
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Storms of My Grandchildren, 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 Hansen was Al Gore's science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today.
But politicians haven't made the connection between the policy and the science. Hansen shows why Gore's solution - cap and trade - won't work, why we must phase out all coal, and why 350 parts per million of carbon is a goal we must achieve in the next two decades 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 just before 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 from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed.


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Try "Global warming, global threat" instead

James Hansen is a very important and inspirational figure in the fight against climate change. But this audiobook is tedious, at least in parts. Its a shame as there is valuable information in there. Instead, I recommend The Modern Scholar lectures by Michael McElroy "Global warming, Global threat". These are clear, concise, interesting and well delivered by this Harvard professor. Also available on Audible are "The vanishing face of Gaia" by James Lovelock and "Global climate change" by Pilkey and Pilkey. Both are excellent books and blessedly short. Finally, for an interesting discussion on the psychology of climate change denial and indifference George Marshall's book "Don't even think about it" makes for interesting reading. Whoops, I mean audiobook listening!
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- Lord Peridot

Tough but interesting reading

This was not an easy read. In fact, I very nearly gave up after the first few chapters which were heavy on personality politics and light on science. However I'm glad I stuck with it as the second half of the book is far superior, with more science, better writing style and some scary facts. I wouldn't call this a great book, but it deserves it's four stars because it is an important book. It's hard not to feel compelled by the central argument here, and the authors reputation and experience suggest it is supported by solid science. A book everyone should read, even though it requires some effort.
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-12-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio