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Air & Climate – Conversations about Molecules and Planets, with Humans in between

Author: Frank Raes
Contributors: Sir John Houghton, Paul Crutzen, Anton Eliassen, John Schellnhuber, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, James Hansen, Mario Molina and C.S. Kiang


IES scientist and Head of the Climate Risk Management Unit of the IES, Frank Raes, has recently published a book of conversations that he held over the past few years with leading thinkers in the area of air and climate.


This book helps explain how the Earth’s atmosphere and climate change were brought from the realms of scientists to the attention of the general public over the past few decades. Its informal style makes it very accessible to the average interested citizen and shows how science is something that should be of interest to everyone.

The scientists with whom Frank converses in the book come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. They each explain how they came upon the insights that have led them to become leading figures in today’s climate change debate. They describe very openly the struggles they faced with their conscience and detractors in bringing their findings to the public eye, and outline their hopes for the future.

This book is a wonderful eye-opener to the average citizen as to how climate change was discovered, what it means, and what the debate is about. It has something for everyone, with gems of knowledge, science, humour and wisdom.


The book can be downloaded in digital format from the JRC Internet website:
Air & Climate – Conversations about Molecules and Planets, with Humans in between.
ISBN 978-92-79-25195-5, doi: 10.2788/31132, 
Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 144 pp.
Some printed copies are available on request.


For further details, contact Frank Raes, JRC-IES.



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