Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Atmosphere of Hope Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis 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 sy

  • Title: Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis
  • Author: Tim Flannery
  • ISBN: 9780802124067
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 techA 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 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 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.

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    About “Tim Flannery”

    1. Tim Flannery

      Tim Flannery is one of Australia s leading thinkers and writers.An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published than 130 peer reviewed scientific papers and many books His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into than 20 languages and in 2006 won the NSW Premiers Literary Prizes for Best Critical Writing and Book of the Year.He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 honoured as Australian of the Year.He spent a year teaching at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and the National Geographic Society s representative in Australasia He serves on the board of WWF International London and Gland and on the sustainability advisory councils of Siemens Munich and Tata Power Mumbai.In 2007 he co founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, a coalition of community, business, and political leaders who came together to confront climate change.Tim Flannery is currently Professor of Science at Maquarie University, Sydney.

    591 thoughts on “Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis”

    1. 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 go hide in the corner and rock. But the book isn't all doom [...]

    2. 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 more than 2° Celcius compared to pre-industrial levels. This book is a summary of where we are now and an action plan for the future. The book is heavily polemical, very much Tim Flannery's personal attempt to influence the decision makers. As a scientist and leadi [...]

    3. 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 require 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 of references to additional resources. This is a book to read, think about and then take action.I don't often read books as soon as they are released, there are usually [...]

    4. 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 climate change. There are lots of numbers, as you'd expec [...]

    5. [I]t's now clear that the tools required to avoid a climate disaster already exist, even if some of them require more research and development. Between deep, rapid emissions cuts and third-way technologies, we can do it.True 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 change.But things aren't rosy just yet. Read this review of Atmosphere of Hope in theSydney Morning Herald

    6. 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 more. I found it a good work in providing an introduction to this important topic though

    7. Tim Flannery begins his climate update with, well, a climate update. Where are we now? We've started to see the consequences of global warming, and he focuses on things that are new since his 2005 book. Throughout this new book, he keeps referring back to the 2005 book. I didn't read that one -- my excuse, if I need one, is that I was in graduate school and reading nothing that wasn't astrophysics -- but I still found the comparison striking. His analysis emphasizes how much has changed in just [...]

    8. 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 paper.Now, 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 time he was just emphasising his own achievemen [...]

    9. Fairly up to date take on climate changeFascinating update on climate change especially the third way technologies, many of which were new to me. Would have liked more information on the geoengineering topic.

    10. It looks as though I was born just at the right time - lived my life when the living was, relatively speaking, easy - at least for those of us lucky enough not to be a citizen of a third world country. My generation missed the most traumatic events of the last century, saw the Cold War off without nuclear catastrophe, then ushered in the digital age - for better or worse. That being said, we also did just enough to bugger up our planet for the generations that follow. But then, we will be gone b [...]

    11. With the Paris summit on climate change just concluded, it's hard to imagine a better time for a new book on the subject, and the subtitle of Tim Flannery's chunky little volume is very encouraging: 'solutions to the climate crisis.' In fact it is just as well he is offering solutions. Not only are the shelves pretty full of titles telling how terrible the impact of climate change is going to be, but (misery memoirs apart) there is quite a strong feeling that doom and gloom books don't sell.It's [...]

    12. Climate change must be the biggest challenge facing us now, and will continue to be for at least one hundred more years. I do not know nearly enough about this problem, but I do know we need to take action, and that the best place any of us can start is to learn more. “Atmosphere of Hope” by Tim Flannery is an excellent introduction to many climate issues, and has enough coverage for those already in the know who may want a fuller picture.Australia’s Tim Flannery is a great scientist and s [...]

    13. Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, written and narrated by Tim Flannery, is an extremely current perspective of global climate change. I have read several books on climate change and this was presented with facts and statistics of a global perspective. I forget how ego-centric my reading is because I read from a US point of view. There is so much more going on in the world on sustainability and energy.This particular volume updates Tim Flannery’s earlier work, T [...]

    14. This is an informative update on the status of climate change. It is helpful in view of the fact that there will be an international conference on climate change next month in Paris. While the book is n9ot entirely hopeful, as the title implies, there are hopeful signs that more and more people, individually and in small groups are changing some of their activities in light of global warming concerns. At issue for the conference will be the need to stabilize the warming at 2 degrees C above the [...]

    15. This book functions primarily for me as following on very much from The Weather Makers. After Flannery and the federally funded Climate Council were given the boot by noted climate change denier Tony Abbott, they were incredibly crowd-funded back into existence. Flannery is clearly making the most of the public faith and attempts here to pull together a current situational snapshot of the warming problem.We're now at 1 degree warming since the dawn of the industrial age. If we get to 2 degrees i [...]

    16. It is so hard to be patient with someone who proselytises ideas that are important and closely, passionately held by the reader when the author does it poorly. This is an unfocused, wooly book that argues a number of important issues in a way that leaves the ideas wide open to rebuttal, even ridicule. On virtually every page there is exaggeration, unsupported statement and illogical argument. There are far too few references to primary sources, which suggests a rushed or lazy text. The "new" sol [...]

    17. I don't know about the hope piece so much. The first half of the book is a let us count the ways in which we are already screwed-- mass extinctions, acidifying oceans, climbing temperatures. Not that I have a problem with the author telling it like it is. I just found the solutions section a little underwhelming when compared with the challenge we face. It sounds like growing seaweed gardens over 10% of the ocean is about the only viable option at this point. Despite the fact that Atmosphere of [...]

    18. Atmosphere of Hope provides an excellent look at climate change. It doesn't shy away from discussing just how dire the circumstances are, but the focus of the book is on finding ways to lessen the impact in whatever ways we can. While the book leaves you with the impression that there is no perfect fix and that we must prepare for difficult consequences no matter what we do, it is also clear that not acting at all will mean much worse.I would recommend this book to everyone. It provides an impor [...]

    19. For me, this is a book of two halves, punctuated throughout with overuse of the opener "When I wrote The Weather Makers".The second half is interesting, delving into new technologies and ideas that might solve the climate challenge. Mind you, some areas are sparse: the chapter in nuclear lasts just five pages, and completely ignores recent or future technology. Very odd.The first half is a very self indulgent and vane review of his earlier book with too much name dropping and little new to contr [...]

    20. Depressing as all hell. We're ducked. But really. It's possible, I suppose, that the current few generations of informed humans will spend our entire lives fearing for a doomed future and then after we're dead some amazing tech will come along and it'll all be fine.Despite his title, I do not get the impression Flannery has much hope for us. I've seen him speak about the environment with tears in his eyes. A lot of Australians don't like Tim Flannery. I avoid using his name in certain company. B [...]

    21. Solid update to Weather Makers. Starts especially strong with a concise overview of the current situation, which taught me the worsening situation of the WAIS, and the not obviously worsening methane/clathrate and thermohaline situations. Robustly presented conclusions on how much fossil fuels must remain in the ground (all the coal, and 60-80% of the oil and gas).The solutions could have been presented with more technical detail, as a launchpad for further understanding. Beyond the surprising s [...]

    22. Tim Flannery was Australia's first Climate Commissioner. He lost his job when the Australia Climate Commission was eliminated due to political pressure from the powerful Australian coal industry. Atmosphere of Hope examines the reality and dangers of climate change. It also examines all of the potential solutions. This is a fairly technical work that cites a lot of studies and introduces a number of terms that were new to me. Atmosphere of Hope is not an easy read but I found it well worth the e [...]

    23. I was hoping for more hope! The first chapters started as an assessment of the current state of climate changes on earth. Some seemed like an "I told you so" rather than an update from the author's previous book. The author had an excellent discussion of the acidification of oceans and the consequences thereof. Ultimately, the book does examine technologies and approaches that could be used to capture carbon in the atmosphere. The author presents a fair examination of the pros and cons of many o [...]

    24. As always, provoking but this is not as good as the Weather Makers. He argues his case well but the details drag the book down. One of those books that needed a good editor to be harsh on readability. Regardless, it's an important book with loads on Wharton is needed, who is already working and inventive ways in which atmospheric CO2 loads can be reduced.

    25. Un bon llibre sobre canvi climàtic, fàcil de llegir i amb prosa àgil (no sempre passa), que tot i el títol se centra més en "com estem" que en "què podem fer". Tot i això, aporta idees valuoses i és un dels bàsics que recomanaria per a entendre la qüestió.

    26. Atmosphere of Hope was written simply, with just enough facts for reality to hit you in the face. The author's knowledge of his field was apparent, and his confidence was also shown in the way the book was presented, with information and the right amount of statistics, suitable for laymen reading.

    27. This is a fundamentally optimistic take on efforts to cope with anthropogenic climate change. The author being Tim Flannery, you will come away with a good grasp of the science. I personally had the impression that Flannery was reaching a little for his optimism, but he makes a strong case.

    28. Not your typical apocalyptic global warming book and well annotated, a decent read no matter which side of the global warming/climate change side one is onis was a giveaway

    29. While I don't agree with everything Flannery writes, this was an important and engaging read, especially in light of the recent Paris climate conference.

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