- Paperback: 880 pages
- Publisher: The Heartland Insitute (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934791288
- ISBN-13: 978-1934791288
- Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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It strikes me again and again how a sort of (mainly one-directional) apartheid reigns over the climate debate: those who support the IPCC thesis believe that there is a near universal consensus among scientists on this topic, that those who don't are either mentally impaired (just spot the ad hominems about the intelligence of the other side in such a debate - for instance "gullible", "the unaware and the naive"; and it is often a give-away sign to use "denier") or in the pay of "big oil". Whilst I am sure there is tunnel thinking in the other direction too, it is sufficient to have a look at the most popular blogs in both camps to quickly see one major difference: Antony Watts of WUWT lists both sceptical as well as blogs in the IPCC camp on his page and both with their links. However, take Climate Progress's website and you'd be forgiven to think that no sceptic websites exist at all. Tellingly, not one of the people below who rated the NIPCC report with only 1 star have "Amazon verified purchase" as a tag with their review. This suggests they never actually bought (unless they bought it from Heartland, which I doubt) nor have they read the book. Their comments in general suggest the same.
It is my belief however that on such an important question, one ought to have read both sides of the argument.
On the one hand that means at least the IPCC reports, as they appear every few years (at least the Summary for Policymakers): they clearly summarize in a readable format the current state of arguments in favour of the Anthropological Global Warming thesis. Also helpful to read is the Stern Report. (Unfortunately for Amazon, both these documents are available for free online...)
If one wants to read just two documents about the other side of the debate by clever people who are not in the pay of big oil I would read both Climate Change Reconsidered and The Sceptical Environmentalist (by Lomborg).
Climate Change Reconsidered follows a similar structure as the IPCC reports and is quite readable for lay people. It divides the debate in a number of separate issues and lists the current science on the topic from the NIPCC (sceptical) point of view.
Make no mistake: there is as much bias in the NIPCC publications as there is in those of the IPCC (the mandate of which is solely to study the human impact of climate, not any other impact), but in a debate, anyone who hasn't read both sides should first do so IMO.
Yes, it is a technical document, but most sections are quite readable by anyone with enough science background to appreciate the debate over hypothesis testing, fact-checking, and uncertainty. It is far more readable than the IPCC 4AR, which is rife with oblique statements, specialist jargon, and self-importance.
Considering the gravity of the financial implications of various proposed "climate-fix" policies, this book is the essential "second opinion" everyone needs before deciding IF there is a problem and WHAT is sensible action.
massive fraud, and dire forecasts on future catastrophe for mankind,---all relating to Climate Change and man-made climate warmig---this compilation
of peer-reviewed papers by eminent climatology and physical scientists on the real state of science on climate change reveal all of the flawed and
recently discovered distortions and conspiracies on the subject. For example, man-made ( anthropologenic) CO2 actually has exceedingly little
effect on climate .