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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595297978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595297979
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,261,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M. Mihkel Mathiesen obtained his masters degree in metallurgy at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, in 1974, and completed his academic studies in Sweden and Japan in 1978. An energy and environmental scientist with a knack for explaining complex scientific issues with ease and clarity, Mathiesen?s writing and lectures have increasingly come to dominate his working life. He lives, writes and ponders the world's follies in Westport, Massachusetts.

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181 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Arnold A. Putnam on June 24, 2001
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M. Mihkel Mathiesen's book is a much needed, albeit not exhaustive, review of the leading environmental issues of the past forty years. It presents a sad legacy of irrationalism, lies and fanaticism triumphing over truth.
He begins with the DDT ban and works his way through acid rain, the asbestos ban, the ozone hole and, finally, to global warming. In each case he points out the distortion and, on the part of government officials, withholding of scientific evidence, which refutes the claims of the environmentalists.
I was especially surprised concerning the events and lack of scientific information on the part of Joseph Califano, William Reilly and the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the asbestos ban. I was unaware that there are three different types of asbestos and that 95% ever used is the harmless form, chrysolite or white asbestos. Typically with environmental issues, the news media, our much vaunted "Fourth Estate," failed in its duty to "inform the public" concerning this issue. Fear and panic sold much better than truth.
The most extensive chapter is "Catastrophic Global Warming." Mr. Mathiesen presents the history and scientific findings on both sides of the issue. However, in the end, the environmentalist side comes up wanting.
I have several criticisms of the work. There is no table of contents or index and I would like to see more references. The forcefulness of the Introduction may put off all but the converted.
Despite this, Mr. Mathiesen's book is an important and welcome addition. The points raised by this book deserve clear, honest, rational answers. It is too bad that our politicians and news media have for so long ignored the issues raised here by Mathiesen.
I recommend this work for anyone interested in clarity and truth in environmental issues.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Soso R. Whaley on July 15, 2003
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Mr. Mathiesen has given us a very simple, easily understood overview of the inner workings of so called "green" groups and the way the media is manipulated to keep us all in a constant state of agitation and anxiety over the "state of the world". If it's not chemicals then it's global warming or bio-tech food....time to revisit the sensational headlines and look at the actual results of studies that take place which contradict and occasionally outright disproves some of the sacred cows of of the politically correct, influential "green movement".
Explore scientific studies you may not have had an opportunity to consider in the past, ignored in the race by media to create sensational headlines. Learn about the power given to "green" groups to manipulate laws and regulations and explore the philosophies that drive the movement. (Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson: "It doesn't matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true. [Greenpeace] became a myth and a myth generating machine.")
What have you got to lose? If you're tired of feeling anxious, worried and guilty all the time thanks to the media, perhaps looking at the state of the world from a different perspective will give you a whole new lease on life.
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77 of 90 people found the following review helpful By James C. Breeding on June 20, 2001
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A concise and very readable expose of the most recent scams perpetrated on the public by the professional scaremongers. The graph of the Vostok ice-core derived temperatures is especially revealing. Even more revealing is the cliche-filled review below by the poseur scientist wannabe from the Netherlands. He demonstrates clearly the self-serving condenscension that Mathiesen writes about. No honest scientist would demonstrate such bias. The scientific community is not certain that warming is anthropocentric. I know that for certain from atmospheric scientists with whom I am acquainted.
I only give the book four stars because it delves too much into other environmental scams (after all the title is "Global Warming...") but the information is interesting and useful. The book is well worth reading even if you have read similar books as this is the most recent.
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113 of 144 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2002
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The reason I read this book is because I wanted to see if the negative reviews I read on Amazon had any merit. As usual, the anti American leftists (who write these negative reviews) do not dare to engage in an honest discussion of the ideas they disagree with. Instead these so called "enviornmentalists" engage in smear tactics as a means of disuading people from knowing and learning the truth about the enviornment. The true goals of these so called "enviornmentalists" is to scare people into giving up our hard fought liberties and freedoms and turning our Nation into an undemocratic socialist State where only the elitists have any power or privilege. I suggest that you read Pimm's book and learn the truth about the enviornment. Thank God some one dares to speak the truth and stand up to the horrible slander and lies of the left.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Zachariah Allen on April 9, 2001
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THe only reason that I give this book four stars instead of five is that it could have been more tightly written. But, the book is lucid and informative.
What gives the book credibility for me is the righteous indignation it seems to have aroused from the reviewer from the Netherlands, who refuses to identify himself (other than claiming to be a major scientist) and fits Mathiesen's descrition of the genre perfectly; full of wide ranging claims to worldwide acceptance by credible scientists, except of course those who Mathiesen has cited in his book who the reviewer dismisses as lunatic fringe.
This book should certainly be read by anyone in a government policy making position. Before billions (pounds, roubles, dollars, even French Francs) of taxpayers' monies are spent on CO2 reduction, we taxpayers have the right to ask "are we getting what we are paying for?" Mathiesen's book starts a healthy dialogue: that is worth it all by itself.
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