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Read & download Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity James Hansen î 6 Free read Free read Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB î James Hansen Is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwideHansen paints a devastating 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 will be key in setting the agenda going forward to create a groundswell a tipping point to save humanity and our grandchildren from a dire fate imminent than we had suppos. Witness Preacher or Prophet James Hansen tells us My role is that of a witness not a preacher In the late 1980 s he was one of the first major climate scientists to publicly state that anthropogenic global warming was a serious problem While the idea was not new he was willing to draw firm conclusions from evidence that most other scientists did not consider to be sufficiently certain His predictions turned out to be reasonably accurate Now he is trying to repeat this accomplishment making even bolder predictions from less certain evidence In this book we witness a distinguished scientist taking on the role of not just preacher but prophet going well beyond the majority of his colleagues in his view of the conseuences of climate changeThe main storyline is Hansen s interactions with government embedded with lengthy attempts to explain the underlying climate science His exploration of policy and interaction with government institutions is much better than his scientific explanations To his credit Hansen does not fit the usual environmentalist stereotype He does not endorse voluntary poverty nor does he think that conservation and renewable energy can provide the needed energy Instead he thinks that nuclear energy is the only realistic option He states The antinuke advocates are so certain of their righteousness that they would eliminate the availability of an alternative to fossil fuels should efficiency and renewables prove inadeuate to provide all electricity What if the utility executives are right and we must choose between coal or nuclear for base load power Even if renewables are sufficient to produce the electricity needed by the United States what about India and China It s one world and we have to live with pollution from India and ChinaHe rightly scorns government greenwash policies that pretend to reduce carbon dioxide production Instead he advocates fee and dividend better known as a carbon tax All fuels that produce carbon dioxide are taxed and the money is redistributed to the population This avoids government knows best micromanagement of the energy sector and gives incentives for industry and consumers to reduce carbon dioxide use He slams the cap and trade schemes favored by governments which pretend to the public that someone else will pay the costs Governments influenced by lobbyists arbitrarily decide caps on emissions The trade part will be controlled by the same people who brought us the banking crisis They will make their fortune no matter what actually happens to carbon dioxide productionHansen does a surprisingly poor job explaining his profession One would expect an introduction to teach the reader how the climate works The usefulness of global average temperature the meaning of climate sensitivity the role of uncertainty should all be explained There is none of this or even any sense of the wonder and beauty of science Instead he launches directly into rather technical dialog interspersed with exhortations to the poor reader to pay attention this is important I doubt the average reader will understand any of it and will simply skip to Hansen s conclusion of what it all really means It is unclear exactly who is the intended audience The general public will appreciate the policy writing but will not be able to follow the science Technical readers will not be impressed by the lack of references provided which are mainly to his own papers and not always published in peer reviewed journals As for the science itself Hansen says that the best evidence for understanding climate is based on paleoclimate the study of the climates of the past He explicitly states that climate models cannot be used to determine climate sensitivity which is the response of the climate to changes in carbon dioxide levels In the chapter A Visit to the White House he estimates this climate sensitivity by comparing the difference in climate between the previous ice age and today This approach uses the Earth itself as a computer model which includes all the physics that affect climate whether we presently understand them or not This is good but then he does a uick calculation based on only two of the many feedbacks to get a climate sensitivity of 3 degrees for every doubling of carbon dioxideWhile this kind of technical detail may impress or intimidate the casual reader one familiar with the subject knows that the value is reasonable but the precision is misleading Note that today s world is very different from that of the last ice age Climate sensitivity is now lower because there is much less ice at low latitudes which reduces a major feedback It would be better to explain at a basic level what an ice age is about and what causes the transition to an interglacial climate like the one we are in now Demonstrate that small changes caused by variations in the Earth s orbit led to large changes in climate so changes we make to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may also have significant effects Then provide an appendix or decent references for someone who wants detail In this case the chapter summary did not even reference the relevant paperIn Dangerous Reticence he talks about trying to publish his paper Can We Defuse the Global Warming Time Bomb in Scientific American saying they wanted to change it to conform to the standard IPCC view Then he says with the paper s extensive criticisms of the IPCC there was no realistic change of publishing it in a regular scientific journal most of the likely referees for the paper were contributing authors of IPCC This is exactly the same claim that global warming skeptics like to make I do not know how much of a real problem there is with conformism in mainstream climate science I think it is likely that these works from both sides really fail to meet scientific standards and whining about bias is a great excuse The chapter title refers to his perception that scientists are dangerously reticent to tell the public what they really know I suggest instead there is a benign reticence to publicly criticize a well known scientist who has lost his objectivity knowing there is a legion of unscrupulous skeptics who will take advantage of anything to push their belief that climate change is not realThe final two chapters not only describe a disaster they are a disaster In The Venus Syndrome he claims that burning all the available fossil fuels will cause a runaway greenhouse effect like on Venus This was based on a simulation with a an obsolete climate model These models as Hansen himself points out are challenged to achieve what they are intended to and cannot be relied upon to determine climate sensitivity But he then tortures the model by running it under conditions for which it was not designed to handle Hansen s claims have not been published in any peer reviewed journal so they have little credibility Those scientists who are experts in the field categorically state that a human induced runaway greenhouse effect is not possible The final chapter goes completely off the rails including a hokey science fiction story about aliens coming to Earth to escape their ravaged planet only to find the Earth wrecked by the human induced runaway greenhouse effect Then he asks people to indulge in the environmentalist version of greenwashing pointless demonstrations against coal plants and pipelines This is great for making people feel they are taking action while ignoring the real work of building a sustainable energy systemSeveral times in the book Dr Hansen reports his encounters with his nemesis atmospheric scientist Richard Lindzen of MIT While they both agree on the basics of climate science Lindzen soothes us with assurances about negative feedbacks such as reflective clouds or masses of warm moist air rising from the tropics while Hansen scares us with methane time bombs and a runaway greenhouse effect In science it is useful to constantly challenge the current theories But they both present their conclusions as revealed truth to their legions of uncritical believers the deniers and the doomsters respectively Hansen s unfortunate transition from respected scientist to prophet of doom is only going to further polarize the climate change debate Because Hansen does not clearly distinguish between his own and the mainstream view and does not discuss uncertainty the critical reader will have a hard time knowing what to believe This book is a lost opportunity to appraise the public on the current state of climate science

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Read & download Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity James Hansen î 6 Free read Free read Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB î James Hansen In Storms of My Grandchildren Dr 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 rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no returnAlthough the threat of human caused climate change is now widely recognized politicians have failed to connect policy with the science responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests Hansen shows why President Obama’s solution cap and trad. James Hansen is possibly the best known climate scientist around as famous for what he wasn t allowed to say as what he did say He has been an accomplished researcher and a strong voice for taking actions to avert climate changeThis book is an unhappy combination of climate science primer and political memoir The science is fairly intense not hard but he doesn t waste time getting to details but scattered and the political memoir is frankly boring It is an important book in that this is where Hansen gets to say to future generations I tried and this is what I did but I did not find it compelling reading Important maybe but not compellingI have written many reviews here on goodreads decrying journalist written science books as being engaging but shallow and anecdote driven This book unfortunately is an example of why those books exist I think that climate science is fascinating and flatter myself that I can understand most of the pop science treatments but I found this book slow going and difficult to finishThere are better climate change books out there see The Weather Makers the reason to read this is the author s name and history Playing Doctor Fandom Hearts #5 unhappy combination of climate science primer and political memoir The science is fairly intense not hard but he doesn t waste time getting to details but scattered and the political memoir is frankly boring It is an important book in that this is where Hansen gets to say to future generations I tried and this is what I did but I did not find it compelling reading Important maybe but not compellingI have written many reviews here on goodreads decrying journalist written science books as being engaging but shallow and anecdote driven This book Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy unfortunately is an example of why those books exist I think that climate science is fascinating and flatter myself that I can One Night that Changed Everything understand most of the pop science treatments but I found this book slow going and difficult to finishThere are better climate change books out there see The Weather Makers the reason to read this is the author s name and history

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Read & download Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity James Hansen î 6 Free read Free read Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB î James Hansen E which Al Gore has signed on to won’t work; why we must phase out all coal; and why 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a goal we must achieve if our children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the horrific 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. The content of this book is great even though it s hard to get through If you read it conscientiously as I did there is a lot of technical stuff and terms which I hadn t encountered elsewhere like climate forcings So this isn t just your rehash of An Inconvenient TruthBut if you stick with it it s really educational and motivational He talks about the possibility of a runaway greenhouse effect in which the Earth essentially turns into a planet like Venus He talks about resistance and it s clear that he s in favor of resistance though he doesn t discuss this in great depth Money uote I ve come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil gas and coal there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty I m giving it 5 stars instead of 4 because I m not sure I could have done a better job explaining the technical stuff I think I might have if you gave me access to James Hansen and a couple of months full time to work on it so it might rate only 4 stars but I m not sure so it gets the benefit of the doubt BTW a good web site for climate skeptics can be found by a Google search on How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic by Coby Beck

  • Paperback
  • 320
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity
  • James Hansen
  • English
  • 17 November 2019
  • 9781408807453