Storms of My Grandchildren by Dr. James Hansen

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 11:34 PM GMT on July 26, 2010

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"Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity" is NASA climate change scientist Dr. James Hansen's first book. Dr. Hansen is arguably the most visible and well-respected climate change scientist in the world, and has headed the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Hansen greatly raised awareness of the threat of global warming during his Congressional testimony during the record hot summer of 1988, and issued one of the first-ever climate model predictions of global warming (see an analysis here to see how his 1988 prediction did.) In 2009, Dr. Hansen was awarded the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Meteorological Society, for his "outstanding contributions to climate modeling, understanding climate change forcings and sensitivity, and for clear communication of climate science in the public arena."

Storms of My Grandchildren focuses on the key concepts of the science of climate change, told through Hansen's personal experiences as a key player in field's scientific advancements and political dramas over the past 40 years. Dr. Hansen's writing style is very straight-forward and understandable, and he clearly explains the scientific concepts involved in a friendly way that anyone with a high school level science education can understand. I did not find any scientific errors in his book. However, some of his explanations are too long-winded, and the book is probably too long, at 274 pages. Nevertheless, Storms of My Grandchildren is a must-read, due to the importance of the subject matter and who is writing it. Hansen is not a fancy writer. He comes across as a plain Iowan who happened to stumble into the field of climate change and discovered things he had to speak out about. And he does plenty of speaking out in his book.

James Hansen vs. Richard Lindzen
Dr. Hansen's book opens with an interesting chapter on his participation in four meetings of Vice President Dick Cheney's cabinet-level Climate Task Force in 2001. It seems that the Bush Administration was prepared to let Dr. Hansen's views on climate change influence policy. However, Dr. Richard Lindzen, whom Hansen describes as "the dean of of global warming contrarians", was also present at the meetings. Dr.Lindzen was able to confuse the task force members enough so that they never took Dr. Hansen's views seriously. Hansen observes that "U.S. policies regarding carbon dioxide during the Bush-Cheney administration seem to have been based on, or at a minimum, congruent with, Lindzen's perspective." Hansen asserts that Lindzen was able to do this by acting more like a lawyer than a scientist: "He and other contrarians tend to act like lawyers defending a client, presenting only arguments that favor their client. This is in direct contradiction to...the scientific method." Hansen also comments that he asked Lindzen what he thought of the link between smoking and cancer, since Lindzen had been a witness for the tobacco industry decades earlier. Lindzen "began rattling off all the problems with the data relating smoking to health problems, which was closely analogous to his views of climate data."

Alarmism
Global warming contrarians often dismiss scientists such a Dr. Hansen as "alarmists" who concoct fearsome stories about climate change in order to get research funding. Dr. Lindzen made this accusation at Cheney's Climate Task Force in 2001. However, Dr. Hansen notes that "in 1981 I lost funding for research on the climate effects of carbon dioxide because the Energy Department was displeased with a paper, 'Climate Impact of Increasing Carbon Dioxide,' I had published in Science magazine. The paper made a number of predictions for the 21st century, including 'opening of the fabled Northwest Passage', which the Energy Department considered to be alarmist but which have since proven to be accurate." If you read Dr. Hansen's book and listen to his lectures, it is clear that he is not an alarmist out to get more research funding by hyping the dangers of global warming. Hansen says in his book that "my basic nature nature is very placid, even comfortably stolid", and that nature comes through very clearly in Storms of My Grandchildren. Hansen's writings express a quiet determination to plainly set forth the scientific truth on climate change. He has surprisingly few angry words towards the politicians, lobbyists, and scientists intent on distorting the scientific truth.

The science of climate change
The bulk of Storms of My Grandchildren is devoted to explanations of the science of climate change. Hansen's greatest concern is disintegration of the gerat ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica causing sea level rise: "Once the ice sheets begin to rapidly disintegrate, sea level would be continuously changing for centuries. Coastal cities would become impractical to maintain." Hansen is concerned that evidence from past climate periods show that the massive ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica can melt quickly, with large changes within a century. For example, sea level at the end of the most recent Ice Age, 13,000 - 14,000 years ago, rose at a rate of 3 - 5 meters (10 - 17 feet) per century for several centuries. Hansen is convinced that just a 1.7 -2°C warming, which would likely result if we stabilize CO2 at 450 ppm, would be a "disaster scenario" that would trigger rapid disintegration of the ice sheets and disastrous rises in sea level. Hansen advocates stabilizing CO2 at 350 ppm (we are currently at 390 ppm, with a rate of increase of 2 ppm per year.)

Another of Hansen's main concerns is the extinction of species. He notes that studies of more than 1,000 species of plants, animals, and insects have found an average migration rate towards the poles due to climate warming in the last half of the 20th century to be four miles per decade. "That is not fast enough. During the past thirty years the lines marking the regions in which a given average temperature prevails (isotherms) have been moving poleward at a rate of about thirty-five miles per decade. If greenhouse gases continue to increase at business-as-usual rates, then the rate of isotherm movement will double in this century to at least seventy miles per decade."

Hansen's other main concern is the release of large amounts of methane gas stored in sea-floor sediments in the form of methane hydrates. If ocean temperatures warm according to predictions, the higher temperatures at the sea floor may be enough to destabilize the methane hydrate sediments and release huge quantities of methane into the atmosphere. Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 - 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Solutions to the climate change problem
Dr. Hansen is a controversial figure, since he has stepped outside his field of expertise and become an activist in promoting solutions to the climate change problem. He devotes a chapter called "An Honest, Effective Path" in the book to this. His main theme is that we need to tax fossil fuels using a "fee-and-dividend" approach. All of the tax money collected would be distributed uniformly to the public. This carbon tax would gradually rise, giving people time to adjust their lifestyle, choice of vehicle, home insulation, etc. Those who do better at reducing their fossil fuel use will receive more in the dividend than they will pay in the added costs of the products they buy. The approach is straightforward and does not require a large bureaucracy, but currently has little political support. Hansen is vehemently opposed to the approach that has the most political support, "Cap-and-trade": "Cap-and-trade is what governments and the people in alligator shoes (the lobbyists for special interests) are trying to foist on you. Whoops. As an objective scientist I should delete such personal opinions, to at least flag them. But I am sixty-eight years old, and I am fed up with the way things work in Washington." Hansen also promotes an overlooked type of nuclear power, "fast" reactors with liquid metal coolant that produce far less nuclear waste and are much more efficient than conventional nuclear reactors.

Quotes from the book
"Humanity treads today on a slippery slope. As we continue to pump greenhouse gases into the air, we move onto a steeper, even more slippery incline. We seem oblivious to the danger--unaware how close we may be to a situation in which a catastrophic slip becomes practically unavoidable, a slip where we suddenly lose all control and are pulled into a torrential stream that hurls us over a precipice to our demise."

"In order for a democracy to function well, the public needs to be honestly informed. But the undue influence of special interests and government greenwash pose formidable barriers to a well-informed public. Without a well-informed public, humanity itself and all species on the planet are threatened."

"Of course by 2005 I was well aware that the NASA Office of Public Affairs had become an office of propaganda. In 2004, I learned that NASA press releases related to global warming were sent to the White House, where they were edited to appear less serious or discarded entirely."

"If we let special interests rule, my grandchildren and yours will pay the price."

"The role of money in our capitals is the biggest problem for democracy and for the planet."

"The problem with asking people to pledge to reduce their fossil fuel use is that even if lots of people do, one effect is reduced demand for fossil fuel and thus a lower price--making it easier for someone else to burn...it is necessary for people to reduce their emissions, but it is not sufficient if the government does not adopt policies that cause much of the fossil fuels to be left in the ground permanently."

"I have argued that it is time to 'draw a line in the sand' and demand no new coal plants."

"The present situation is analogous to that faced by Lincoln with slavery and Churchill with Nazism--the time for compromises and appeasement is over."

"Humans are beginning to hammer the climate system with a forcing more than an order of magnitude more powerful than the forcings that nature employed."

"Once ice sheet disintegration begins in earnest, our grandchildren will live the rest of their lives in a chaotic transition period."

"After the ice is gone, would Earth proceed to the Venus syndrome, a runaway greenhouse effect that would destroy all life on the planet, perhaps permanently? While that is difficult to say based on present information, I've come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty."

"One suggestion I have for now: Support Bill McKibben and his organization 350.org. It is the most effective and responsible leadership in the public struggle for climate justice."

Commentary
James Hansen understands the Earth's climate as well as any person alive, and his concern about where our climate is headed makes Storms of My Grandchildren a must-read for everyone who cares about the world their grandchildren will inherit. Storms of My Grandchildren retails for $16.50 at Amazon.com. Dr. Hansen's web site is http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting StormGoddess:

Oh dear now this is truly a disaster for science. Everyone knows that the egg came first. No egg = no chicken. :)
I agree.
My money is still on egg. About a 3/1 favorite.
Let's wait until we get ALL the info.
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


What about all the tax dollars coastal residents have spent on the roads, schools, libraries, weather forcasting and defense of Pecan Grove, TX?

Those would be similar to the tax dollars that Pecan Grove residents have spent on roads, schools, libraries, weather forecasting and defense of coastal communities. Your point?
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Quoting MechEngMet:
Well cajun I'm on the Right as well. I don't mind discussions of weather and global temperatures when they are based on science and fact.

But calls to "Go back to the stone age" and calls to "End civilization", "Reduce the population", and "end the industrialized world" are not based in science. They are views based on the radical religion of AGW fanaticism. Those people truly 'believe' what they are saying/hearing (and posting), and no facts based in science will ever alter their beliefs.

I have read thousands of pages of scientific research concerning AGW, and not once has a scientist called for going back to the stone age, ending civilization, or reducing population. These things may result if the climate changes to fast, but everything i have read advocates taking action to avoid "ending the industrial world.

The argument you make here is known as a "straw man argument" or a "fallacy of extension". By purposely misrepresenting your opponents argument you need not present facts nor a rational argument yourself...this is ignorant at best and probably dishonest...

Poofed by a lurker (if a poof happens in the woods and nobody hears, is it still a poof?)
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


1. First off, sea levels arent gonna rise... How do you know? Have any scientific backing for that?

Tundra soil is very poor, and tends to be very acidic. When the climate warms up and the tundra dries out, the soil will be poor.

Furthermore, wheat, rye, corn, barley are grasses that originated in the subtropics. They have been bred for great ranges beyond them. But at 60 N and above they don't do well even in fertile soil. The reason is that these plants don't do well when the daylight gets too long. It messes up their growth cycle. Where 24 hour sunlight happens, they just don't grow. They are designed for day and night, and don't grow well under 24 hour sun.


Do you have scientific backing they will?? (no not just a random website...)

Second... you've measured the acidity of all the northern soil? Once the climate turn subtropical up there (which it wont) the acidity of the soil will change.
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
Levi32 how long does it take for new deltas and fertile river soils to form when the old ones are submerged?

Soil forms very slowly. Even if the Sahara turned wet tomorrow, you'd have wet sand dunes, but no soil.

The lower Mississippi Valley, all the east and Gulf Coasts, Florida, the San Joaquin Valley. All gone. And do you think the Pampas of Argentina, the Nile Valley, the farmlands of England and the North European plain, the Ganges Valley, the North China Plain, the Kanto of Japan---you think all that can be replaced? Just like that?


Deltas sink very slowly.
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Anyone wanna buy some carbon credits....Good thing Gore's not in it for the money.
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Quoting CosmicEvents:
Seems like one of those elusive never-ending cosmic questions. Yet, in my life I've lived to see a few bite the dust, most recently the age-old chicken vs. egg question.Link

Oh dear now this is truly a disaster for science. Everyone knows that the egg came first. No egg = no chicken. :)
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Quoting Surfcropper:





haha oh!!!!!!!!!!!
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Quoting Surfcropper:


What about Alaska?



Thats Northwest.
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
Interestingly though the increase in vector borne tropical diseases is in line with climate change warnings. Other disease filled in where malaria once was considered of course, but reality here is mirroring the disastrous predictions of the science.



South Florida Dengue Fever Outbreak Feared
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If the globe is warming, there isn't anything we can do about it. Anybody who thinks we can needs a huge ego check.
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MPH.

THE TORNADIC STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF CENTRAL CAVALIER
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PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF SEVERE WEATHER IS OBSERVED CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND
ASK THEM TO RELAY YOUR INFORMATION TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
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STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HARVEY...OR 54 MILES WEST OF DEVILS LAKE...
AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WELLSBURG...HAMBERG...BREMEN AND HEIMDAL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADOES ARE DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. TAKE COVER NOW.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 3 MILES WEST OF
EDMORE...OR 24 MILES SOUTH OF LANGDON...MOVING TO THE EAST AT 30 MPH.

THE TORNADIC STORM WILL BE NEAR...
LAWTON AROUND 950 PM CDT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO ABANDON CARS AND MOBILE HOMES
FOR A STURDY BUILDING.

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Quoting DestinJeff:


Masters after posting the blog entry:

"Excellent!"


LOL!
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i think its called Canada



CANADA! Leading the world at being north of the United States!
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Quoting FLdewey:
More important than climate change... how DO they get the fig into the newton?
Seems like one of those elusive never-ending cosmic questions. Yet, in my life I've lived to see a few bite the dust, most recently the age-old chicken vs. egg question.Link
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i think its called Canada


Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway
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You can see the ITCZ starting to fire up in front of the wave at 35 W (moistening the environment). This one may be a player.

Also, the Yucatan area remains of interest tonight. It may have somewhat of a shot once it gets over the GOM.
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


How much should a coastal resident or someone living inland on a plain have to pay to move for sea level rise that was caused by global warming by emissions from other people?

Well, I tell you what, Mr. Science, you go out there and calculate just how much emissions each and every one of us tax-paying citizens and residents individually have created and then, after deducting the amount that the poor coastal residents who have to move have created, you can send each of us an itemized bill showing what we did and how much it's going to cost. That should cover moving expenses. Of course, you'll probably want tax dollars to create an agency and program to go calculate said fees...
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


First off, sea levels arent gonna rise... so the point is mute. Secondly why should i have to pay for you to move? I live in vabeach... but if i gotta move ill move. If this GW ever happens, you know how much fertile land will open up in Northern areas? millions of square miles.
i think its called Canada
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Quoting FLdewey:
More important than climate change... how DO they get the fig into the newton?


or how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? ;)
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Dr. Masters drops Da Bomb...Love it!
Back to Chekhov.
Life in the USA is undeniably good.
Goodnight to Friends and Foes alike.
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JB...Yesterday.

SUNDAY 10:30 P.M.

AMAZING IGNORANCE FROM A U.S. SENATOR.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/69845

In it, John Kerry, Massachusetts Senator, says the Arctic will be ice free in 5-10 years.

Astounding. Truly amazing. I wonder if he moved his yacht from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to escape faster rising waters in the Massachusetts bays, or perhaps because it's due to the taxes he had to pay if docked in Massachusetts. It better not be docked in Newport, me and another climate realist are golfing there Saturday and a few errant shots could wander toward the boat.

In any case, given some of his statements, that could be a plausible reason... fear of Arctic ice melt raising sea levels. After all, Newport is more like Scotland, probably would take more melt to get the boat up.

Earth to Sen. Kerry. You can take the boat back to your state and help the tax base. The ice cap will increase the next two years, and overall it is starting its recovery with the descent of the global temps. A look at the difference between 2007 and now would tell you that.

When is someone going to hold guys that make statements like this to account?

Looks like I won't be invited onto that yacht for a 19th-hole event.

By the way, someone mail the good senator this link: http://home.comcast.net/~ewerme/wuwt/cryo_compare.jpg

In his world, an increase is a decrease anyway, but to the rational you can see how much more ice there is now than in 2007 and both next year and the year after will have even more... that is my forecast.

Ciao for now.
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Quoting FLdewey:
More important than climate change... how DO they get the fig into the newton?


I'd rather debate about this. :)
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