Atmosphere of Hope

Atmosphere of Hope

Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Book - 2015
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By the author of the number one bestseller The Weather Makers comes a groundbreaking new book of vital importance for the future of humankind.

Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Public understanding has not kept up with the debate, and there is an absence of political leadership. Many people are less engaged with the issue of climate change than they were a decade ago, and opinion is divided between technological optimists and pessimists who feel that catastrophe is inevitable. Tim Flannery, bestselling author and one of the most influential scientists on the planet, is here to tell us that catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is running out. Around the world people are already living with the consequences of an altered climate—with intensified or more frequent storms, heat waves, droughts and floods. For some it’s already a question of survival.

Atmosphere of Hope is timed for publication in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December 2015. There will be enormous coverage of the Paris conference, which is widely acknowledged as our last chance to take decisive action on a global treaty to limit warming to 2C. This book will influence the debate generated by the Paris conference and will spark a new wave of conversations around this most important of subjects.

Atmosphere of Hope is both a snapshot of the trouble we are in, and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change. In his inimitable style, Tim Flannery makes this urgent issue completely accessible, a decade after the publication of his groundbreaking book The Weather Makers.



Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd., c2015
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443442381
Branch Call Number: 363.73874 FLA
Characteristics: xix, 245 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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bickjd Apr 18, 2016

Although it can get a little heavy with scientific figures (and what they mean), this is one of the most accessible books on the current state of climate change: the science behind it, where we stand technologically, and plausible paths forward. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific aspect of the "Climate Crisis", and is roughly 10-15 pages long. The author packs a lot of punch into each of these chapters without them dragging on for too long.

The book is also written by an Aussie, which is a fresh perspective if you normally look at climate change through an American lens.

A good, concise read.

We gotta get our collective act together quickly on this issue people. Lets get moving!!

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HowardWilliams
Dec 29, 2015

An excellently written book that is as persuasive as his previous book on climate change, showing how much we need to do if we are not to completely compromise the well-being of our grandchildren.

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thebritlass
Oct 17, 2015

Enlightening, encouraging, and exhorting - the author goes systematically through various climate issues, exploring the latest evidence debunking or, more typically, supporting, the concerns. Also contains information on the latest potential technologies that might help us save the planet after all.

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