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Climate Change Reconsidered: The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)

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A massively compelling document ... Climate Change Reconsidered is a summary of the climate science that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won t give you. It offers the results from hundreds of peer-reviewed studies in top science journals.... Don t accept massive energy taxes until you ve reviewed it. --Dennis Avery, Hudson Institute

After reading Climate Change Reconsidered, one is left wondering how such a poorly supported scientific theory could have such political traction. For those that want to get to the bottom of this subject, the present work is one of the most accessible expositions of climate change. I recommend it without reservation. --Brice Bosnich Ph.D., The University of Chicago (retired)

An extraordinary achievement ... Climate Change Reconsidered is a tour de force. It takes on all the alleged evidences of catastrophic, manmade global warming and demonstrates, patiently and clearly, why they fail to support the conclusion. --E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

About the Author

Dr. S. Fred Singer is one of the most distinguished scientists in the U.S. In the 1960s, he established and served as the first director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, now part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and earned a U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for his technical leadership. In the 1980s, Singer served for five years as vice chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA) and became more directly involved in global environmental issues. Since retiring from the University of Virginia and from his last federal position as chief scientist of the Department of Transportation, Singer founded and directed the nonprofit Science and Environmental Policy Project.

Dr. Craig D. Idso is founder and former president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University, where he studied as one of a small group of University Graduate Scholars. He was a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University and has lectured in Meteorology at Arizona State University. Dr. Idso has published scientific articles on issues related to data quality, the growing season, the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban CO2 concentrations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: The Heartland Insitute (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934791288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934791288
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a famous exchange between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson near the beginning of Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia."

"You see, but you do not observe," the great detective tells his friend. "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

I was reminded of that Sherlockian insight while reading CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED. Unlike so many of today's climate experts (both the self-annointed ones and the genuine academicians), authors Fred Singer and Craig Idso (real scientists) have built this book on a solid foundation of scientific data. Holmes would have commended them! And unlike so many other recent books about climate change, this in-depth tome is strictly non-fiction. It is free of politically correct theories and full of historical facts (some might call them "inconvenient truths"). It is a book which all open-minded and clear-thinking individuals should read and consider before accepting the so-called `consensus' view about anthropogenic (man-made) global warming.

As an aside, this year (2009) marks the 400th anniversary of telescopic astronomy. I am reminded that when Galileo started to observe the solar system through his early telescopes, the `consensus' view placed our Earth at the center of the Cosmos. Galileo's heliocentric (Sun-centered) view was politically incorrect for which he suffered, but scientifically accurate for which he is remembered. It was based on facts, not theology (or ideology).
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What I like most about the book, in comparison with the various IPCC tomes, is the ease with which one can get a quick overview of contemporary research in many different climate-science fields. While, in the IPCC case, I always had to find myself a quiet room and several hours to figure out what they were really saying, in the NIPCC case, I find it easy to read whenever I want. It is especially impressive to see the way in which the NIPCC have summarized findings in the beginning sections of the book in a way that will be quick and easy for media to grab quotes from (in fact, I challenge open-minded journalists to do that), while, at the same time, going into details, with many prominent peer-reviewed scientific references, on each of the main topics in the following chapters. Besides being a good summary of the massive controversy behind the scenes in the climate science research community about the causes of the past century's modest warming, "Climate Change Reconsidered" could make a good text book for university (and advanced senior high school classes) climate change courses as well since they do a easily understood and accurate review of the related basic science at the beginning of each of the topic-specific chapters.
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The NIPCC report, "Climate Change Reconsidered", is not just an attempt to refute the IPCC, but a volume that fills in the gaps left by the IPCC fourth assessemt report (FAR). With it's emphasis on natural variability as a cause for the recent climate changes, it is a must have for serious climate scientists who should not just rely on the IPCC FAR alone to get the full picture of our current state of knowledge (and what is not known) about climate and climate change. Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Craig Idso have done a thorough job in providing climate science with this volume and should be commended for their effort.
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I've been waiting for this book for twenty years. It was a long wait, but I'm not disappointed.

CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED is a tour de force. It takes on all the alleged evidences of catastrophic, manmade global warming and demonstrates, patiently and clearly, why they fail to support the conclusion. Its 2 authors and 35 contributors are outstanding scientists with unassailable credentials--a fact that, unfortunately, won't stop movement alarmists from their customary ad hominem attacks. The book is chock full of excellent data, analysis, and argumentation, sophisticated enough to meet the demands of any expert, yet clearly enough written to be accessible to laymen.

The Executive Summary states the main conclusions, in explicit contrast to those of the UN IPCC, briefly and clearly. Each chapter begins and ends with a helpful introduction and conclusion, making it easy for readers to see the big picture even while still offering massive amounts of data and explanation. Its documentation is voluminous, more current and more broad than that of the IPCC.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, I particularly appreciated the able integration of the principles, tools, and methods of many disciplines. As a scientifically literate layman who has read nearly 30 books on climate change science, including large parts of the IPCC's assessment reports, I found CLIMATE CHANGE RECONSIDERED far and away the most helpful publication in the field to date. It deserves careful attention particularly from policy makers and from environmental advocates, no matter their present opinions on the questions debated.

And for those who want to just write it off by attacking its authors, it's time to engage the real arguments for a change. The time for personal attack is over.
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