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Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism Paperback – June 30, 2013
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The author presents volumes of data from actual weather station records that show average temperatures declining over recent decades in many places. He also documents his points with chart after chart supporting his conclusions. He also explains how and why climate scientists manipulate data to smooth out irregularities, sometimes with sound statistical justification, sometimes not.
He has packed this book with so many proven examples of locally caused climate change for so many species, and so many locations around the globe, that an open-minded reader cannot help but raise her or his eyebrows. The heavily footnoted narrative cites 999 references on which the author's assertions are based. His sources are listed for anyone interested interested in fact checking his points.
Steele is not a denier of climate change; he simply argues for a wider, more realistic, multifaceted scientific basis for it. He quotes the work of top researchers at renowned universities world wide to buttress his conclusions.Read more ›
This is not to say that we should not do whatever we can to minimize our individual and community carbon footprints: carpool and find other modes of transportation, conserve energy, recycle, etc. But Mr. Steele urges the reader to look to local regions and make an effort to understand the complex interactions among the flora and fauna (inculding us, of course) and then look for ways to act in the best interests of our home environments; he says, "Good stewards of the environment are compelled to engage in good science" (79). He cites his own direct research at the San Francisco State University's Sierra Nevada Field Campus, and shows that often we can help the environment the most by getting out of the way of natural cycles. He says, "If humans truly want to help the environment, help wildlife, and improve local climate, [then] restoring watersheds and natural stream flow will provide far greater benefits than trying to control CO2 levels" (70). This book does the greatest service possible to us non-scientists: It empowers us with the understanding of how our comparatively small individual efforts can truly change the world.
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Add the name Jim Steele to your short list (like – Steve McIntyre) of people with an amazing capability to organize facts logically, and get their minds around immense quantities... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Hutchins
"Facts are funny things. They don't care about "reputable" publishers. And they are persistent, very persistent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by California Dreamer
Fabulous book - Couldn't put it down and couldn't get to the next chapter fast enough! For anyone seeking truth, regardless of which side of the debate one leans, Steele presents... Read morePublished 6 months ago by David D. Mell
This is a strong story told by an environmental scientist. A good scientist ALWAYS questions everything, and retests so called proven hypotheses. In this book Dr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lyle G. Bruce
I am a physicist and I prescribed to the standard model of AGW and DEATH AND DESTRUCTION of the climate change "consensus" until reading this book and doing some further... Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Meyer
Fantastic book. Relatively easy to read and understand if you have at least an 8th grade science education. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Luv2Read
Jim Steele has extensive presence on the internet. His web site is named similarly to the book. He has also guest published at What's Up with That and likes post on skeptic forums. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book and a must read for those of you who have taken the plunge into the entire global climate change controversy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by George C. Taylor