I read Our Fragile Moment – the distinguished climate scientist Michael Mann’s latest book on the climate crisis – over the days and weeks leading up to COP28, which was hosted by the UAE; and I am writing these words a day or two before the close of the conference in Dubai, with much controversy in the air about the likely shape of the outcome. The book, which offers a sweeping and magisterial account of how humanity and the natural world have survived, suffered and even occasionally thrived in previous periods of significant climate change, concludes with a largely hopeful chapter ...


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