Monday, March 11, 2019

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann

From the publisher: “While everything appears to be collapsing around us…ecodamage, genetic engineering, virulent diseases, the end of cheap oil, water shortages, global famine, wars—we can still do something about it and create a world that will work for us and for our children. The inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio's feature documentary movie The 11th Hour, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight details what is happening to our planet, the reasons for our culture's blind behavior, and how we can fix the problem. Thom Hartmann's comprehensive book, originally published in 1998, has become one of the fundamental handbooks of the environmental activist movement. Now, with fresh, updated material and a focus on political activism and its effect on corporate behavior, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight helps us understand-and heal-our relationship to the world, to each other, and to our natural resources.” Narrated by Paul Boehmer, this book is newly updated and new on audio in 2019, and gives a broad view of how climate change is affecting the planet. Ocean temperatures are steadily rising, melting ice in Arctic regions, and causing wild weather everywhere. Australia has seen the hottest years ever recorded, while blizzards of snow blanket the Northeast in America in early March, with floods or droughts or tornadoes striking elsewhere with ever increasing intensity and frequency. “Ancient Sunlight” refers to fossil fuels, the dwindling stores of carbon. Costs will soon measure in the trillions if we do not adopt what the Chinese already have, exploiting hydroelectric and wind and solar power. The most polluted cities on Earth are in China and India, due to population migration from poor areas, and all the coal powered plants being built, so they know and understand what we do not, and wear masks, as do many Japanese. Will we learn before it’s too late? A must-hear, with scary details on stored methane in the oceans rising as the worst greenhouse gas when temperatures rise just a few more degrees. What can be done? More than just recycling is needed. Much more. An action call to everyone on the planet. (Guest Review; Tantor Media)

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