- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
It's the Sun, Not Your SUV: Co2 Will Not Destroy The Earth Hardcover – July 11, 2008
Special offers and product promotions
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
Top customer reviews
However some readers will upon at least some effort be able to pick up some gems of information not available elsewhere. These gems include:
1. The earthshine series, or the amount of the earth radiation to the dark side of the moon, is the longest series of earth radiation. This series is statistically much more related to the measures of solar radiation and sunspots than the atmospheric quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
2. The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)overestimates the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The IPCC assumes that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a half life of 500 years. Researcher Peter Dietze made his estimations of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by measuring the half life decay of carbon and other radioactive materials in the atmosphere. He found that the atmosphere carbon dioxide half life to be 38 years. The author and other researchers have used data to get half life estimates to be much closer to Dietze. The author finds the Dietze carbon dioxide atmosphere levels to be a much better fit with the actual data. Moreover the IPCC has overestimated the amount of growth of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions.
3. The regression anlysis on the revised green house gases, temperature, and solar magnetic field variables demonstrate that the solar magnetic field is a much better indicator of the temperature of the earth.
Mr. Zyrkowski pretty well explains his variables. It is a shame the rest of the book is not better written. Someone should take off on the material of the book and make a better written presentation.
Buying used for $7 was terrific value, as the hard-cover book was in excellent condition.
As anyone who has had basis algebra or statistics can tell you, there are a lot of ways to play with graphs, which this author seems to love. There are numerous ways to fudge graphs to make your case or to shoot down an opponent's case. Whether that occurred here or not I cannot say, as I don't have time to play with and research all the graphs to determine if they have been expanded, shrunk or played with in some other way. What I can determine is the author's lack of understanding about climate science and science in general.
From the beginning, the author uses outdated material to make his case, as in comparing what we are hearing now about global climate change to what was presented in the 2001 IPCC report. As almost everyone knows, the report was reissued last year, and as the author seems able to use recent data from research when it suits his needs, I find it interesting he is comparing everything to the 2001 data from the IPCC.
The author's basic lack of scientific knowledge shows quickly. He mistakes a cold snap in the California citrus area for an indication of a lack of global warming. Micro climate changes are not the issue and are very misleading, as you can measure any point on earth, at any given time, and use that data to argue one way of another. That is but one place of many where the author failed to understand the basics of climate science.
In addition to that, the book is poorly written. At times it can be very condescending to the reader and at other times he moves through material so quickly that it would be impossible for most scientists to keep up. There are much better books on the market, including Singer's and buyers would be well advised to stay clear of this and spend their money on something more accurate and more easily read.
"... attempts to dispel the basic science linking atmospheric carbon dioxide to rising near-surface temperatures by presenting an argument for the sun as the dominant source of recent climate variations. Though the role of the sun in recent warming is not trivial and has been thoroughly investigated in the refereed scientific literature, Zyrkowski's effort falls far short of the proof needed to support the claim suggested in the title. The book is full of misinformation about climatology... and misrepresentation of the works of other scientists, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Furthermore, most of the author's material is considerably outdated... The arguments based on more recent data and research are also flawed due to the questionable quality of the data used (e.g., the Earthshine data used to estimate reflectivity) or the scientific merit of hypothesis employed (e.g., the link between cosmic rays and climate). Lastly, the writing is generally of low quality, including factual errors, typographic errors, and grammatical errors. Summing up: Not recommended."