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The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with 'Climate Change' Turning Out to Be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History? Audible – Unabridged

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This is a very thought'provoking book, though some may find it just provoking. It presents evidence that undermines the claims of the most extreme Green zealots.

Yet the book has its flaws too. It has a key misprint: a 7.7 degrees C temperature drop, for 0.7 degrees C. Don't publishers employ proof-readers any more? Carelessly, Booker writes that 1934 was the world's warmest year, when the research he cites clearly referred to the USA's warmest year.

The recent warming is not unprecedented. The Holocene Maximum of 7000-3000 BC, the Roman Warming of 200BC-540AD, the Medieval Warming of 900-1300 were all warmer than now, yet the planet survived.

The Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research rejected Freedom of Information requests for data on the weather stations it used. Professor Phil Jones (now head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia) wrote in 1990 that its stations had 'few, if any changes in instrumentation, location or observation times'. He based this statement on a US Department of Energy report on just 35 of the 84 stations, which had found that fully half of the 35 had been moved!

The Met Office consistently predicts more warming than actually happens. For example, using the same computer model that gave the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change its forecasts for 2100, the Met Office forecast that 2007 would be the world's 'warmest year on record', with Britain 'set to enjoy another sizzling summer', that 2008 would be one of the 'top ten warmest years' ever, that 2009 would be one of the 'five warmest years on record', with a 'barbecue summer' in Britain, and that our winter would be 'milder than average'. All wrong: in February it admitted that 2008-9 was 'the coldest winter for 13 years'.
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In complex issues, serious history is the true companion of wisdom. That is exactly what Booker had done, recounting how environmental activists, politicians and a swarm of scientists fell under the temptation to disregard science and worked to create unnecessary and economically damaging legislation to "save the planet". By the way look at George Carlin's "Saving the planet" performance in YouTube. Legislation that, besides innefective to curb the supposed (and false) culprit - CO2 - will strangle the welfare of the western world and harm the poor nations for the benefit of inefficient alternatives and the market traders on "carbon". If their efforts were directed to improve the technology to clean the real pollutants: particulates, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide (not carbon dioxide ou CO2!), the environment would be a lot better with a superior investment/benefit ratio. CO2 and water vapor, by far the most abundant product of fossil fuels, wouldn't harm a thing as the past history of the planet can tell.
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I have read dozens of books about the global warming, from both camps, and found this one the most informative and well documented. It is difficult to understand and believe Barak Obama and Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and other heads of States are still believing Al Gore and the other few catastrophic OVERT LIES produced by the IPCC bureaucrats, and not the true CLIMATE SCIENTIST like Professor Richard Lindzen. As he put it, they are threatening the whole human kind with "a roll-back of the industrial age", or a global economic suicide, from an unbelievable set of gross exaggerations and lies.
A must-read for all serious defenders of the thruth and sanity.
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I recently started to follow the climate change debate and found this book helpful because it summarizes the denialist case. Booker is a long time contributor to Private Eye, a British satirical magazine. He is best known as a journalist for The Sunday Telegraph newspaper in London. The book is well written and easy to read.

The scientific consensus, as summarized by the work of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is that human activity is the leading cause of climate change. Booker does not accept this view. He concludes that man-made CO2 is not destroying the world. He also believes it's all a massive conspiracy and scientists are falsifying temperature data to conjure global warming and frighten the public.

"The Real Global Warming Disaster" has been described by The Guardian newspaper in London as being "the definitive climate sceptics' manual." Booker claims that the Arctic ice is not vanishing and that sea levels are not rising. Booker interviews a few renegade scientists who don't believe that mankind is making the world warmer. He claims that the IPCC is run by a small group of global warming zealots, who have repeatedly rigged evidence to support their theory. He suggests that the politicians, pushed by the media, have fallen for this propaganda.

The main problem with the book is that the scientific establishment has reached a consensus on climate change. NASA claims that 97% of climate scientists believe that global warming is man-made. Booker asks you to accept that the world's scientists, for reasons unspecified, have decided to create a myth about human-induced global warming without the rest of the scientific community noticing.
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