Atmosphere of hope Searching for solutions to the climate crisis

Tim F. 1956- Flannery

Book - 2015

Explains the fast-approaching climate crisis while drawing on the latest scientific findings to outline promising clean technologies involving soft geo-engineering.

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Published
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press [2015]
Language
English
Physical Description
xix, 245 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-238) and index.
ISBN
9780802124067
0802124062
Main Author
Tim F. 1956- Flannery (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When it comes to climate change, the writing on the wall is increasingly difficult to ignore. With extreme summers in Europe, the drought and wildfires in the American West, and seesawing weather patterns around the globe, sneak peeks at worst-case scenarios are already making headlines. Scientist and prolific writer Flannery (An Explorer's Notebook, 2014), who was head of the Australian Climate Change Commission until he was fired by the conservative government, then reinstated as the country's chief climate spokesperson by a crowd-funded, social-media-fueled coalition, suggests a "third way" set of solutions that capitalizes on the earth's own carbon-capture possibilities as a path out of the crisis. Seaweed farming as a carbon-sequestration technique is just one of many examples. Although the distinction between this "third way" approach and geoengineering is fuzzy at times, this is an informative tour of promising multipronged approaches to one of humanity's biggest challenges. Flannery's solution-focused quest is especially timely with the UN Paris summit being held later this year, in which the political will to do the right thing will be severely tested. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Ten years ago, Flannery helped jump-start the conversation on climate change with The Weather Makers, a No. 1 international best seller that was named an ALA Notable Book and has over 150,000 copies in print. Now we've moved from change to crisis, but Flannery refuses to despair, offering proposals that include geoengineering and committing to the emerging clean technologies. With an eight-city tour; note that Flannery's book is expected to figure largely in debates at the Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris in December 2015. [Page 51]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Flannery, author of the best-selling Weather Makers, which addresses what global warming may bring, revisits in this book the most important of these issues, and in addition, deals with ways that their deleterious effects can be ameliorated or even improved upon. He reviews the coal, gas, oil, wind, electric vehicle, and solar energy industries, ruminates on their futures, and offers a wealth of specific facts. Thus, he is an articulate generalist yet also provides particulars. Much of his description of methods to combat the buildup of CO2 and other chemicals is technical. Terms such as gigawat, albedo, cell grazing, biochar, anthropocene, the third way, and many others are explained when they first appear, but there are enough so that a glossary seems necessary. Also, some of the solutions Flannery proposes, such as seeding the entire stratosphere using an array of approaches, are so vast, complex, uncertain, and expensive that the reader may see them as fantasies, though granted, there may be no easy answers to the problems the author investigates. VERDICT Highly recommended for all concerned with environmental problems, climate change, geology, pollution, business and corporations, weather, chemistry, and related fields.—Henry T. Armistead, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia [Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The #1 internationally best-selling author of The Weather Makers outlines a fast-approaching climate crisis while drawing on the latest scientific findings to outline promising clean technologies involving soft geo-engineering.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Outlines a fast-approaching climate crisis while drawing on the latest scientific findings to outline promising clean technologies involving soft geo-engineering.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A decade ago, Tim Flannery’s #1 international bestseller, The Weather Makers, was one of the first books to break the topic of climate change out into the general conversation. Today, Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Political leadership has not kept up, and public engagement with the issue of climate change has declined. Opinion is divided between technological optimists and pessimists who feel that catastrophe is inevitable. The publication of this new book is timed for the lead-up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, which aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate from all the nations in the world. This book anticipates and will influence the debates.

Time is running out, but catastrophe is not inevitable. Around the world people are now living with the consequences of an altered climate—with intensified and more frequent storms, wildfires, droughts and floods. For some it’s already a question of survival. Drawing on the latest science, Flannery gives a snapshot of the trouble we are in and more crucially, proposes a new way forward, including rapidly progressing clean technologies and a “third way” of soft geo-engineering. Tim Flannery, with his inimitable style, makes this urgent issue compelling and accessible. This is a must-read for anyone interested in our global future.