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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849713367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849713368
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Ignorance of science is one blockade to effective action on the human predicament. But corporate-financed disinformation campaigns, such as that claiming that climate disruption is a hoax, are equally important. This excellent short book will help solve both those problems.'- Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of Humanity on a Tightrope

'Climate Change Denial reveals the crossroads we face as a society: do we let denial and confusion continue to derail solutions, leaving us vulnerable to runaway climate change, or do we accept reality and forge a truly sustainable path for future generations?'- James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up and president of DeSmogBlog

'This is a major contribution to the growing body of well-reasoned analyses of climate change denial. It's a must read for anyone interested in understanding the tactics used by the 'denial industry' to attack scientific evidence of anthropogenic climate change.' -Riley E. Dunlap, Regents Professor of Sociology, Oklahoma State University

'Climate Change denial is the biggest single obstacle to achieving a sustainable future. This book provides all the evidence and arguments you need to counter the campaign of misinformation. Read it, study it and spread its message widely.' -Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor, School of Science, Griffith University and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation

'The climate denial industry has worked effectively for years, hidden in the shadows, doing their dirty work of misleading the public, misrepresenting the science of climate change, and helping to condemn the world to now unavoidable and rapidly escalating climate disruption. No more: Washington and Cook shine a bright light on the charlatans, organizations, and funders behind the climate denial industry and on their tricks and tactics. While climate deniers are unlikely to disappear entirely, this clear and compelling book will make it easier for the general public to see through their tricks, and more likely that the world will move faster to take action on the most urgent environmental problem we have ever faced.' -Dr. Peter Gleick, hydroclimatologist, Member US National Academy of Sciences, MacArthur Fellow, President, Pacific Institute

'A refusal to accept valid scientific findings is a growing problem, and not only regarding global warming, although especially serious there. Washington and Cook offer the best available guide to recognizing and combating such denial. Their book is compact, lucidly written, and based on recent research in climate science, psychology and sociology. Anyone concerned with reality-based policy in any area can profit from reading this excellent work.' -Spencer Weart, author of The Discovery of Global Warming

'This book is a must have for anyone trying to understand the climate change issue. Washington and Cook use impressive skill to peel back the lies and deceit associated with a well oiled machine, used for selling tobacco and now selling manufactured doubt about climate change.'- Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

About the Author

Dr Haydn Washington is an environmental scientist of 35 years experience. Originally a plant ecologist, he worked in CSIRO on heavy metal pollution for 7 years and did his M.Sc in that field. He later did his PhD 'The Wilderness Knot' in social ecology, looking at the tangled meanings (and denial) around wilderness. He has worked extensively on environmental and sustainability issues. This is his fourth book on environmental issues, and he has been researching climate change since his 1991 book 'Ecosolutions'.

John Cook studied physics at the University of Queensland, Australia. After graduating, he majored in solar physics in his post-grad honours year. His interest in climate science began when he was given a speech by prominent 'skeptic' U.S. senator, James Inhofe. Researching the various skeptic arguments presented by Senator Inhofe revealed many fundamental scientific flaws. This led Cook to begin cataloguing the full range of skeptic arguments and documenting what the peer-review science said about each topic. This work formed the basis of the skepticalscience.com website which aims to communicate the peer-reviewed science to a broader audience.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David J Kent on October 2, 2011
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John Cook runs the web site "Skeptical Science" (SkS) where he "gets skeptical about global warming skepticism." The site has quickly become one of the most valuable sources of accurate information to debunk the false, and often intentionally deceptive, arguments put forth by the climate denialist industry. In "Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand," Cook has teamed up with environmental scientist Haydn Washington to further examine - and rebut - climate change denial.

The authors begin with the nature of denial and a short course in climate science. They then jump into what they call the five types of climate change denial arguments: conspiracy theories, fake experts, impossible expectations, misrepresentations and logical fallacies, and cherry-picking. They also review the history of denial and why it is that we let denial prosper. Finally, they end with two chapters on how to roll back denial.

The book, like the SkS web site ([...]), is a valuable resource for understanding and combating climate change denial.

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ATHiker on May 30, 2011
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This book I would highly recommend. Each foot note, study, and quote are referenced at the end of each chapter. The first part of the book has a good summery of climate science with the rest dealing with climate denial. It did a good job summing up types of denial, but its weakness (small) is it did not delve more into cognitive dissonance . I'm still in the dark about how {Relatively}intelligent people cannot just spend a few hours looking in journals like Nature & Science or look at the scientific organizations like AMS or National Academy Science and not come to the realization of the problems{In any field of science not just climate science}. Yes they wish it not to be true therefore they will not look i.e. denial. Anyway overall a very good read and informative about denial. A good follow-up on denial is Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts a very good book on cognitive dissonance.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dana A. Nuccitelli on May 28, 2011
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Washington and Cook make a great team. Cook (of skepticalscience.com) discusses the fundamental climate science, what we know and how we know it, with some good references. Washington discusses the various ways and reasons that so many people deny that fundamental science even though over 97% of scientific experts are in agreement about it. The discussion of denial in particular is very in-depth and interesting. I highly recommend the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor K. Sommer on December 31, 2012
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But as with many books today, this one would have benefited from tighter editing--but my criticism may be too severe because that is what I do for a living: edit! Still I hate sloppy sentences, lost antecedents, and wandering content. But no one wants to pay for the extra read these days. Content is well done, and the team that produced this work is credible and on the cutting edge of climate change perception investigation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda K DiVittorio on February 18, 2014
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Even small changes can improve the planet. This was a very interesting book. We have an obligation to be informed.
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