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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490390189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490390185
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John McCormick on July 13, 2013
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Jim Steele has authored a very readable book regarding the concerns that he shares with many respected climatologist and scientist in related fields have with the direct connection between the increase of atmospheric CO2, its impact on Global Warming, and the predicted demise of several animal species, i.e. Polar Bears. In fact, is there really "Global" warming? The author is concerned that unscientific attempts have been made--urged on by sensationalized media reports--to deem CO2/Global Warming as a fait accompli, and to marginalize, if not completely stifle any scientific debate on the topic. Mr. Steele points out what can only be described as glaring inconsistent, if not outright manipulated data, being used to support the CO2/Global Warming bias. All the author's is contentions in this regard are supported with copious graphs that contradict accept Global Warming views, and explains how machination of statistics have been used to foster the CO2/Global Warming bias. Mr. Steele points out how natural cycles, such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation among many others, better fits the current climatological trend. In fact, the data of the past 10 years is causing a certain amount of angst among the leading proponents of Global Warming as they squirm to make the data fit their predictions. Perhaps Mr. Steele's strongest point is that the obsession with Global Warming will have an unfair impact on funding for local environmental projects as these efforts have had a significant and direct impact on the survival of plant and animal species. Whether you are irrevocably tied to the CO2 Global Warming hypothesis or are a skeptic--I'm uncomfortable with the term denier as it is in my mind a pejorative term not keeping with open scientific debate--the wealth of information provided regarding the many complicated factors affecting the climate of our third planet from the sun is worth the price alone.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By High Standards Customer on July 31, 2013
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I chose this book because I am a curious naturalist who has often wondered how "global warming" could be defined by one number, the "average" global temperature and how it could be caused almost exclusively by a single factor, the rising concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. After reading "Landscapes and Cycles: an Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism", I am convinced that Jim Steele's view of climate change caused by multiple factors, including naturally occurring cycles between warmth and cold in the world's oceans and changes in land use on a local scale, are a much more realistic explanation than the prevailing hypothesis.

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.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelley on September 23, 2013
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Jim Steele's very well researched and referenced book is a must have for those interested in the climate debate. It is well written and the logic and thought arguments are clear and well crafted. I have been working professionally as a geologist and educator in the high latitudes, from 82 degrees north to 68 degrees south, for over 20 years. I have seen changes during that time in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. The popular explanation has always been that any change is negative, even if it is actually benefiting ecosystems and the lifeforms within them. Landscapes & Cycles does an excellent job of explaining how natural variability in climate systems can account for the changes seen at the poles, and elsewhere. I recommend this book for anyone wanting the tools and scientific literature to refute the ever present argument: Climate change is anthropogenic and begins and ends with the production of carbon dioxide. The earths spheres of influence upon climate are many (geosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and these all interact with the atmosphere. The climate change debate could include all of them, but has been reduced to one constituent gas in one rhelm. The earth's climate is simply not that simple, and Jim Steel's book explains why.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amy White on August 2, 2013
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Make no mistake: This is not a denier manifesto. On the contrary, this book is a compilation of thousands of hours of research -- hands-on by Mr. Steele as well as his analyses of scores of others' research -- that underscores the critical need to avoid a pat, one-size-fits-all explanation for possible climage changes. He answers the simplistic rising-CO2/weather change proponents with researched responses from agencies and individuals. Mr. Steele teaches about the enormous and often decades- or even centuries-long climate trends that directly affect our local weather, such as the very complex interaction of the El Nino-La Nina Oscillation and global zones of high pressure.

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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