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Climate Change: The Facts Paperback – April 21, 2015
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I'm a researcher by training, with a PhD in Statistics. My specialization has nothing to do with climate science, but it has trained me to distinguish snake-oil peddlers from true scientists, and the writers of this book fall in the first category. You see, when true scientists speak, they do so in terms of probabilities. They recognize that the consequences of climate change are difficult to predict many decades in advance, and hence give us lots of "maybes" and confidence intervals. Charlatans like the ones who wrote this book are full of certainties. The introduction presents the coming chapters as "dismiss[ing] the possibility of devastating consequences" from climate change, "showing that any human effect on climate is trivial", "exploding the myth" that the majority of scientists believe that human-induced climate change is likely and serious. Oh what a joy it must be to live in a world devoid of doubt and uncertainty.
The best part of the introduction is that which says that "we cannot have intelligent public discourse until people set aside appeals to expertise and develop some expertise of their own". I suppose that if the editor ever has to (God forbid!) deal with an accute case of appendicitis he will follow his own advice and set aside appeals to expertise from the hospital's head surgeon, waiting to decide whether to have the appendix removed until he has developped some expertise of his own.
I'm still on the look for a compelling case against man-made climate change. This pamphlet is not it (unless, of course, you believe that evolution is a hoax made up by evil scientists).
Each chapter covers one core area of basic science, and research, which make up Climate Science.
There is also good information about the History of Science, and the Scientific Method.
For example, Kuhn, Happer, Feynman, et al, are quoted, discussed, and referenced.
Good for the scientifically interested, as well BS, MS, and graduate studies.
I've given the book five stars, though I do have a bit of a gripe that there's quite a lot of repetition in it. Different authors writing from the same viewpoints and giving the same examples. Still these examples are real: they're facts about what has actually happened in the supposed global warming period, not fiction.