Storms of my Grandchildren, By James Hansen

The science behind our catastrophic weather to come

Dr James Hansen has been warning against global warming since the 1980s, but although the scientific consensus has swung his way, governments have been less than keen to take his advice.

The evidence presented here seems incontestable – Hansen carefully explains the significance of all the measurements climatologists use, with lots of graphs, and concludes that a century of catastrophically extreme weather lies ahead of us – but it's not quite too late to do something about it. However, Hansen isn't a Carl Sagan or a Richard Dawkins; he confesses himself that he is not skilled as a communicator. Much of this book is hard going for the lay-person, and the danger is that it won't be as persuasive as it ought to be.