Subtitled “The truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity,” this might be a book you should read.
James Hansen is probably the world’s best known climate scientist, partly because of his own work and his testimony before Congress, and partly because he has become a target of Global Warming denialists who seem to revel in every opportunity to accuse him of fraud, deceit, or incompetence.
In Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, Hansen provides a message that is much more severe than what we usually hear. The Kyoto Protocol is not enough. Cap and trade will not work. The CO2 limit has to be 350 ppm, not higher has has been previously assumed, and all coal burning plants have to be shut down.
Hansen provides biographical insights from his own experiences in the science arena and in relation to his work as an expert tapped by the White House and Congress, but most of the book is a systematic laying out of the argument that it is already too late to ease into changing how things are done. Hansen calls for immediate and for the most part drastic action, but also makes the argument that such action can be economically beneficial.
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!