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Audiobook includes a special 30-minute interview with the author.

The first book to briefly and clearly present the science of climate change in a way that is accessible to laypeople, providing the perspective needed to understand and assess the foundations and predictions of climate change. 

“Brilliant and fundamental, this is the necessary book about our prime global emergency. Here you’ll find the facts, the processes, the physics of our complex and changing climate, but delivered with eloquence and urgency. Lawrence Krauss writes with a clarity that transcends mere politics. Prose and poetry were never better bedfellows.” (Ian McEwan, Booker Prize-winning author of Solar and Machines Like Me)

"The ideal book for understanding the science of global warming..at once elegant, rigorous, and timely." (Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction)

“A brief, brilliant, and charming summary of what physicists know about climate change and how they learned it.” (Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Metcalf Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Boston University)

“The distinguished scientist Lawrence Krauss turns his penetrating gaze on the most pressing existential threat facing our world: climate change. It is brimming with information lucidly analysed. Such hope as there is lies in science, and a physicist of Dr. Krauss’s imaginative versatility is unusually qualified to offer it.” (Richard Dawkins, author of The Blind Watchmaker and Science in the Soul)

“Lucid and gripping, this study of the most severe challenge humans have ever faced leads the reader from the basic physics of climate change to recognition of the damage that humans have already caused and on to the prospects that lie ahead if we do not change course soon.” (Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor, University of Arizona, author of Internationalism or Extinction?)

“Lawrence Krauss tells the story of climate change with erudition, urgency, and passion. It is our great good luck that one of our most brilliant scientists is also such a gifted writer. This book will change the way we think about the future.” (Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Good Boy and She’s Not There)

“Everything on climate change that I’ve seen is either dumbed down and bossy or written for other climate scientists. I’ve been looking for a book that can let me, a layperson, understand the science. This book does just what I was looking for. It is important.” (Penn Jillette, Magician, author of Presto! and God, No!)

“The renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss makes the science behind one of the most important issues of our time accessible to all.” (Richard C. J. Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego)

“Lawrence Krauss is a fine physicist, a talented writer, and a scientist deeply engaged with public affairs. His book deserves wide readership. The book’s eloquent exposition of the science and the threats should enlighten all readers and motivate them to an urgent concern about our planet’s future.” (Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, former president of the Royal Society, author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity)

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Greatly Disappointing

Too bad I didn’t get a chance to edit this book before publication.
My career was in high tech, but this book was lazily written, with constantly changing units, graphics that were difficult to read, , and poor explanations of the observed processes involved.
Don’t bother with this book; there are better choices out there.

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Another fantastic book from Lawrence Krauss

Interesting information throughout. Pretty telling how devastating this impending climate crisis will be when a physicist decides he needs to throw his hat in the ring.

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Over simplistic hyperbolic claptrap.

This is hyperbole wrapped in “physics”. Krauss has not bothered to do any research of his own, but cherry picks the work of others and attempts to explain them with physics that support the hypotheses presented. It is clear that he has bought into “sky is falling narrative” and glosses over the weakness of incomplete and sorely inadequate climate prediction models. His chapter on the acidification of the oceans and reef bleaching is particularly telling. The reader would be much better served by reading Stephen Koonan, who uses a true scientific analysis of the facts presented by the IPCC, and the NCA, or Patrick Moore, who does a much better job of explaining the true dynamics, and hysteria, of climate change.

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The Physics of Climate Change

Not bad. At times it was difficult to follow as an audio book, and Audible's integration of the accompanying pdf is pretty dismal. I liked Krauss' calm, reasoned approach. It's probably not the book I'd give to a climate skeptic, unless they had decent science literacy.

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Great listen

This book touches on so many of the deeper issues you gloss over in most climate change discussions. Lawrence Krauss has a passion for teaching and it’s evident in his work . He makes complicated material really easy to digest !

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If you break it is yours...the climate.

I like Lawrence's analogies in this book. My favorite is, one meter (3 feet) of ocean level rise might not sound much but is as dangerous as having a bowling ball falling on your head from one meter above.
Lawrence starts his book by analyzing the consequences of climate change in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam and he manages very well to simply explain why raising tides and temperatures will cause extensive damage to the population and loss of habitable space.
The following chapters introduce us to the science of climate change and explore the beginning of life that created the oxygen reach atmosphere that we have today. I also liked learning about the 1800s carbon dioxide CO2 discovery in Earth's atmosphere and the first clues humankind had that human-produced CO2 and other gases may have on Earth's energy balance.
Because "no man ever steps in the same river twice" we should become aware of how our decision will affect future generations and construct a sustainable political approach for climate change.
I already recommend "The Physics of Climate Change" to my students along with all other books written by Lawrence.
Great listen!

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Excellent overview of the hard science of Climate Change.

This book covers the basic hard science of climate change in an easy to follow manor. This by no means that it is dumbed down it just keeps the science simple and on the macro level. It avoids to the degree possible, delving into the political ramifications. It is informative and focused on the big picture and what you need to know. I highly recommend it!

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Recommended Read/Listen

Good narrator and content is easy to understand. He covets all the basic keypoints in physics aspect of climate. Book made for someone just learning basics someone well versed in the subject should already know all the content.

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just expected more

been following and reading Lawrence for some years now. This book doesn't have the power and depth he has me accustomed to

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Easy to Understand. Scientifically detailed.

The physics is easy to understand without being vague or superficial. Several things he describes seem like they could be implemented in the lab curricula of junior high and high school science courses.