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Reader à Atmosphere of Hope 288 pages Ø Randarenewables ☆ A timely intervention on climate change from the internationally acclaimed scientist and author of the hugely influential The Weather MakersHow close is the great climate crisis Can our desire to overcome it drive humanity's next great waves of positive teHt against a warming planet it is possible that the next decade will astonish us in the solutions that we discover to safeguard our planet for our grandchildren and their grandchildren'Think Indiana Jones crossed with Charles Darwin' Financial Times'A wonderful writer an original scientist and a gifted populariser' Martin Woollacott Guardian'If you're not already addicted to Tim Flannery's writing discover him now' Jared Diamon I’ve got 40 pages left of this amazing and insightful book but can’t wait to recommend it to anyone who is conscious and concerned about our planet climate change global warming and what are really the causes potential solutions The author gives a break down of layers of this issue I would probably only get if I were to take a University semester course on the subject Each time I read a paragraph I feel like I am again at Uni flexing my brain muscles and absorbing new and foreign knowledge to me Concisely written Easy to read but takes time to digest the information I read it in portioned takes A certain amount of pages daily or in between a few days of not reading from the book That worked best to integrate the new knowledgeNow that I've finished the book I can warmly recommend it to anyone who wishes to get better informed on various aspects and interrelated causes of global warming and climate change It's like you go through a course book for basics of understanding what has happened since 1950s until today or 2015 when the book was published Also you will get a very clear understanding of what the future prospects are for us what fossil fuel is actually the least worse yes there is one and in what to invest when it comes to renewable energy sources or public policies to generate environmental sustainability and just secure our planet and our lives on Earth

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Redicament and brings news of exciting tools in the making that could help us avoid a climatic disaster In December 2015 the nations of the world will gather in Paris to try to forge a climate treaty designed to give us a fighting chance to limit global warming to 2°C widely regarded as the safe upper limit if we are to avoid catastrophe If we succeed at Paris forging a new era of international political cooperation in the fig The main reason I bought this book is because I was hoping it would provide solution practical day to day actions that I could undertake to try to make a change I also love the fact that this edition is printed on recycled paperNow about the content itself I must admit that I am disappointed It's an introductory book at best After reading Naomi Klein's This changes everything Tim Flannery's book just wasn't enough I felt that half of the time he was just emphasising his own achievements and promoting his other book When he presented the situation I found it too simplistic in the way that it did not present the whole picture Further the solutions part was short towards the end presenting what large companies could do I felt like the solutions lacked a critical approach the downsides to many of them were lackingMoreover I am very upset with the fact that the concept of fracking was introduced in the book as a neutral thing Fracking is dangerous both to local communities and to the environment BP's Deepwater Horizon Spill was also absent in the book I felt that this book while well intentioned tried to be too approachable and in that it only went half the distance If you were to read only this book you would get the impression that things are far less complex than they areOverall as Goodreads' two stars put it it was okay

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Atmosphere of HopeA timely intervention on climate change from the internationally acclaimed scientist and author of the hugely influential The Weather MakersHow close is the great climate crisis Can our desire to overcome it drive humanity's next great waves of positive technological economic and social revolution or will we be plunged into the dystopian collapses and terrors of civilisations pastThis book describes in plain terms our climate p A roller coaster rideIn December this year the next United Nations Climate Change Conference will convene in Paris to make decisions on how to cap carbon emissions at a level that will ensure that global temperatures will rise by no than 2° Celcius compared to pre industrial levels This book is a summary of where we are now and an action plan for the future The book is heavily polemical very much Tim Flannery's personal attempt to influence the decision makers As a scientist and leading environmentalist of long standing Flannery is Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute University of Melbourne a member of the Australian Independent Climate Council and chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council; so he's certainly ualified to speak authoritatively on the subject This was a bit of a roller coaster read for me both in terms of style and content In the introduction Flannery lays out his stall Taking as his starting point his own earlier book The Weather Makers he sets out to show how things have developed over the decade since where his opinions have changed over the years and what he now thinks are the best ways forward if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change At this stage I was concerned I might find the book unreadable His style is abrasive self aggrandizing and arrogant and much of the introduction and early chapters read like a piece of self advertisement He mentions his previous book umpteen times dismissing anyone who has criticised any aspect of it over the years and spends far too long justifying his then conclusions In fact at times there is a sense almost of paranoia – as if he is the victim of a conspiracy of vested interests trying to discredit his work He is vitriolic about the Abbott government in Australia – still in power when he was writing but now gone Of course as the cliché goes just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get youHowever having vented his spleen Flannery then settles down into a series of well written chapters where he lays out the current situation very clearly He starts with a bleak picture of what may happen if temperatures are not contained to the 2°C target – to the Arctic and Antarctic to forests wildlife and oceans and not least to humanity in those parts of the world most sensitive to rising temperatures It's all stuff we've heard before but brought up to date with the latest science Flannery assumes throughout that by this time only those with vested interests in the carbon industries are still denying the link between man's activities and climate change and so is dismissive and even occasionally virulent about deniers There is throughout a feeling of urgency – no time left to waste preaching to the unconverted let's just ignore them and get on with what needs to be done Fine by me but this is not a book to win over waverers with charm The next few chapters take us through individual aspects of energy production starting with the dirty ones and moving on to the clean This was the part of the book that gave me a sense of hope – assuming Flannery's figures are correct and I see no reason to doubt them then fossil fuels seem to be losing their overwhelming attractiveness as renewables become both efficient and cheaper due to economies of scale We're nowhere near out of the woods but Flannery made me feel as if perhaps we've spotted the path In the final section Flannery discusses how he believes we should proceed His position is that even in the unlikely but not impossible event that we reduce fossil fuel use to zero over the next few decades we will still have the problem of existing CO2 in the atmosphere to deal with He discusses the difficulties of the task and goes into some detail on some of the schemes that have been put forward To my unscientific mind lots of these sound like pie in the sky schemes or actually poison in the sky to be accurate Flannery himself isn't keen on the kind of geo engineering scheme that suggests pumping other stuff like sulphur into the atmosphere in order to induce cooling on the grounds that firstly we can't foresee all the possible implications and secondly the underlying problem of too much carbon still remains He suggests what he calls a 'third way' – a mixture of preparing for climate change by making necessary adaptations at a local level while attempting to remove CO2 from the atmosphere by a variety of schemes from massive seaweed farms to storing carbon in rocks and plastics that he feels could be effective without the risks of geo engineering To be honest much of this sounded impractical and a bit like wishful thinking to me but hey Most of it was well over my head scientifically and he's an expert so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt It's always been my opinion that it will have to be the scientists who solve this problem in the end and the role of governments and the people should be to give them the finances and resources they need while trying to stop any of them accidentally blowing up the galaxy in their enthusiasm However after cheering me up in the earlier chapters I'm afraid this final section plunged me back into gloom – the sheer scale of the task and the short termism of so many governments make it all seem pretty overwhelming I comforted myself with the thought that perhaps Flannery had done this deliberately so that no one would be approaching the Paris Conference feeling over confident Overall well worth reading – a good introduction for anyone new to the subject and a thorough update for those with a little knowledge Let's hope the politicians attending the Conference will pay attention to the science than the politics for once the world will be watching Won't weNB This book was provided for review by the publisher Grove Atlanticwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom