A Galileo for our time

June 12, 2011

Review article. James Hansen, Storms of My Grandchildren: the truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity (London, Bloomsbury, 2009).

James Hansen, the US state’s own leading climate scientist, tried over many years to convince government about the dangers of global warming … and failed. Only then did he turn to public protest and write this call to action. Its interest lies as much in the story of Hansen’s own moral and political evolution as in his explanation of the science.

Hansen was born in 1941 in Iowa in the midwestern US, into a generation whose imagination was fired by space flight. “I was in high school when Read the rest of this entry »