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Book Review: Atmosphere of Hope: Solutions to the Climate Crisis by Tim Flannery

By Isabel Hilton   January 2016

Atmosphere of hopPenguin, £7.99

Ask a roomful of climate change experts about whether the cumbersome United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is up to the task of avoiding global climate catastrophe, and the optimists will predict success while the pessimists shake their heads. Both are correct. Tim Flannery, the Australian climate scientist, whose The Weather Makers did much to raise the alarm a decade ago, offers a reliable guide to the conundrum in his new book Atmosphere of Hope.

Before the latest round of negotiations even opened in Paris in early…

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