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Ten years 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. In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December, Atmosphere of Hope provides 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
‘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.’