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Atmosphere of Hope

Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Tim Flannery

  • awardLonglisted, General Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2016
  • A decade after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth’s climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running out. Atmosphere of Hopeprovides 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 that are emerging now.

    From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sun’s rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.


    ‘Paris deal means hard work.’ Tim Flannery update in the New Daily

    ‘Paris climate change summit our last chance to save the planet.’ Tim Flannery in New Daily

    ‘I can’t imagine 2050...But what I do know is the biggest problem people will be facing: the build-up of CO2 that’s already in the atmosphere and is not going to disappear by itself.’ Tim Flannery in the Australian


    New York Times




    ABC RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly
    Listen to Tim giving the inaugural Mick Dark lecture for the future, recorded for ABC RN Big Ideas.

    Tim Flannery
    About the Author

    Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist, a leading writer on climate change, and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

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    Praise for Tim Flannery
    andAtmosphere of Hope

    ‘This man is a national treasure, and we should heed his every word.’

    ‘Thoughtful, candid and—yes—ultimately upbeat, Atmosphere of Hope could not be more timely. It is just the book the world needs right now.’

    ‘An important and timely book…The eloquent clarity of this book is a delight. It makes a grim subject exciting. It does fill me with practical hope as well as an enabling sense of urgency. I am also moved by what can be achieved.’

    ‘A significant statement from a great Australian.’

    ‘Flannery cleverly offers practical solutions rather than another jeremiad about climate change.’