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Storms wildfires droughts and floods For some it’s already a uestion of survival Drawing on the latest science Flannery gives a snapshot of the trouble we are in and 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.. It s now clear that the tools reuired to avoid a climate disaster already exist even if some of them reuire research and development Between deep rapid emissions cuts and third way technologies we can do itTrue to his title Tim Flannery ends on a hopeful note after cycling through some of the options we have in countering the spectre of climate changeBut things aren t rosy just yet Read this review of Atmosphere of Hope in the Sydney Morning Herald

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Atmosphere of Hope

A decade ago Tim Flannery’s 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 Atmosphere of ePUB #10003 pessimists who feel that catastroph. It s been awhile since I read The Weather Makers How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth Since that time technology has changed and improved but the crisis we are facing has intensified Why is it we seem set on ignoring the facts before us Ignorance is bliss perhapsThe first half or so of this new book is an update on the situation with where the planet is at now Deeply scary stuff Makes me want to go hide in the corner and rock But the book isn t all doom and gloom The second half ish of the book walks the reader through some of the new technologies and ideas being developed that may yet save us Flannery speaks of governments who have been proactive in exploring and exploiting alternate electricity options such as solar Go Germany By contrast Australia is a backward embarrassment Hopefully the new PM will have a little interest in meaningfully addressing climate change rather than just claiming it is utter crap like his predecessor I m not sure I found this book as earth shattering as The Weather Makers How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth however this book does give hope Still time is a ticking and we have an almost insurmountable task ahead Can we do it In Flannery s words It really is over to you Every one of you We can now see the finishing line Whether we win the race for a better future is your choice Should be reuired reading for all

CHARACTERS Atmosphere of Hope

E is inevitable The publication of this new book is timed for the lead up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 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 debatesTime is running out but catastrophe is not inevitable Around the world people are now living with the conseuences of an altered climate with intensified and freuent. Published in 2015 Tim Flannery s Atmosphere of Hope is a largely a follow up to his 2005 work The Weather Makers Although I liked the entire book I especially enjoyed the chapters on adapting and geoengineering At the risk of sounding naive I just find stories about scientists mitigating glacial retreat by adding sawdust to their edges or a city that is able to reduce its temperatures by increasing its albedo really neat The geoengineering chapter also provides a useful overview of the costs merits and arguments against any geoengineering strategy Flannery also likes what he calls third way approaches which I understand as attempts to draw carbon from the atmosphere by restoring developing and expanding carbon sinks It seems clear that Harvey s portfolio of policies as opposed to a silver bullet approach remains the right way to think about responding to climate change Individual action for most people this will mean food and transport is admirable but counts for little compared to changes in policyThe subtitle Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis is telling perhaps because policy wins have felt too rare In the Weather Makers Flannery reported that the three greatest threats to the climate were the collapse of the Gulf Stream the collapse of the and the release of clathrates methane buried under the Arctic permafrost Now it seems that scientists are most worried about ocean acidification the release of methane from the permafrost and the collapse of the due to deforestation and forest fires More broadly perhaps the greatest worry is that so much progress has been made and yet global greenhouse gas emissions are still rising The scope of the problem is all but overwhelming hence the titleReaders would probably do well to read both The Weather Makers and Atmosphere of Hope especially since they re both efficiently and engagingly written But given that science technology and policy are ever evolving if one had to opt for one work or the other I suppose I d recommend Atmosphere even if Weather Makers is slightly better written


10 thoughts on “Atmosphere of Hope

  1. says:

    It's been awhile since I read The Weather Makers How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth Since that time technology has changed and improved but the crisis we are facing has intensified Why is it we seem set on ignoring the facts before us? Ignorance is bliss perhaps?The first half or so of this new book is an update on the situation with where the planet is at now Deeply scary stuff Makes me want to

  2. says:

    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 t

  3. says:

    If you've been keeping up with developments in climate science and have a good handle on denier tactics there won't be much in the first two thirds of this book that's new to you If you haven't this is a solid primer The crux of the book is the last third which summarises efforts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere looking at their readiness and cost and assessing how much of a part they might play in reducing the impact of climat

  4. says:

    This is a pacy and engrossing read There is a story with tenuous hope but still with hope Some possible solutions to help slow climate change are raised They all reuire political will as well as dollars to be successful There are some good examples of lobbying and advocacy The science is very readable and there are lots

  5. says:

    Published in 2015 Tim Flannery's Atmosphere of Hope is a largely a follow up to his 2005 work The Weather Makers Although I liked the entire book I especially enjoyed the chapters on adapting and geoengineering At the risk of sounding naive I just find stories about scientists mitigating glacial retreat by adding sawdust to their edges or a city that is able to reduce its temperatures by increasing its albedo

  6. says:

    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 t

  7. says:

    It's now clear that the tools reuired to avoid a climate disaster already exist even if some of them reuire research and development Between deep rapid emissions cuts and third way technologies we can do itTrue to his title Tim Flannery ends on a hopeful note after cycling through some of the options we have in countering the spect

  8. says:

    I’ve been meaning to read one of Tim Flannery’s books for a long time I saw him give a talk at Melbourne Uni after the release of this book where from memory he talked about the importance of “hope” in messaging and educating in climate change and about many of the promising technologies currently bein

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Despite the title I didn't find a good deal of hope here But i'm glad i read it as I know so very little on this subject and really should know I found it a good work in providing an introduction to this important topic though

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