Requiem for A Species

Requiem for A Species

Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change

Book - 2010
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This book does not set out once more to raise the alarm to encourage us to take radical measures to head off climate chaos. There have been any number of books and reports in recent years explaining just how dire the future looks and how little time we have left to act. This book is about why we have ignored those warnings, and why it is now too late. It is a book about the frailties of the human species as expressed in both the institutions we built and the psychological dispositions that have led us on the path of self-destruction. It is about our strange obsessions, our hubris, and our penchant for avoiding the facts. It is the story of a battle within us between the forces that should have caused us to protect the Earth - our capacity to reason and our connection to Nature - and those that, in the end, have won out - our greed, materialism and alienation from Nature. And it is about the 21st century consequences of these failures.Clive Hamilton is author of the bestselling Affluenza and Growth Fetish, of Scorcher, and most recently Freedom Paradox.
Publisher: London ; Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2010.
ISBN: 9781849710817
1849710813
Characteristics: xiv, 286 p. ; 21 cm.

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john_doh17
Aug 11, 2014

I felt the first 5 chapters were pretty strong, but it tapered off in the last 3. Of course the first 5 appeal to all my personal confirmation biases (anti-growth, anti-consumerism, and belief in climate change). There are many ways to look at climate change, and how it could turn out. It seems the accepted view may be way too rosy. Essentially Hamilton concludes we have crossed the tipping point for a habitable planet and it is too late, and he explores why we weren't able to do anything. You can't stop progress right?

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jfdunbar
Jun 05, 2012

The latest on climate change and why so many people hide from the truth. Hamilton is the first author I have read who says we have passed the point at which we can avoid catastrophic effects from climate change but that we can still make these effects less catastrophic and spread them over a longer period if we act now.

A major point the author makes is that, no matter how obvious, rational and demonstrable a looming catastrophe is, many people will simply find it too hard to deal with and simply not believe the evidence. Unfortunately, in this case that will make a bad situation much worse for our descendants and could well mean the extinction of the human species.

dkshaw Jan 14, 2012

I pulled the brief Requiem for a Species by Clive Hamilton off the shelf hoping it would update the "science" on climate change. Unfortunately it lacked any new insight on the now-too-late solutions covered in Heat (Monbiot) or more of the alarming consequences found in Climate Wars (Dyer). Instead it addresses a different realm of non-scientific analysis that forces an acceptance of the unstated sub-title "False hope is as dangerous as despair". Great book for those interested in climate change!

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