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In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen-the nation's
leading scientist on climate issues-speaks out for the first time with
the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more
rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return.
Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely
recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science,
responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special
interests. Hansen shows why President Obama's solution, cap-and-trade,
which Al Gore has signed on to, won't work; why we must phase out all
coal, and why 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a goal we must achieve if our
children and grandchildren are to avoid global meltdown and the storms
of the book's title. This urgent manifesto bucks conventional wisdom
(including the Kyoto Protocol) and is sure to stir controversy, but
Hansen-whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again,
beginning in the 1980s when he first warned Congress about global
warming-is the single most credible voice on the subject worldwide. Hansen
paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen
in the near future, mere years and decades from now, if we follow the
course we're on. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still
time to do what we need to save the planet. Urgent, strong action is
needed, and this book, released to coincide with the Copenhagen
Conference in December 2009, will be key in setting the agenda going
forward to create a groundswell, a tipping point, to save humanity-and
our grandchildren-from a dire fate more imminent than we had supposed.

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