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Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science Paperback – Jul 16 2009
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This is a very powerful, clear, understandable and extremely useful book . . . [Plimer] convincingly criticizes the UN, the IPCC, U.K. and U.S. politicians, as well as Hollywood show business celebrities. He strictly distinguishes science from environmental activism, politics, and opportunism. (Vadav Klaus, President, The European Union)
... a damning critique of the 'evidence' underpinning man-made global warming. (Kimberley A. Strassel The Wall Street Journal)
...a brilliantly argued book... Heaven and Earth is an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence. (Paul Sheehan Sydney Morning Herald)
...the best book on science and scientists I have ever read. (Andrew Alexander Daily Mail (UK), (Uk))
Only a geological perspective can provide a proper view of climate change. Professor Plimer’s book does a masterful job of demonstrating that Nature rules the climate, not human activity. (S. Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia)
...[A] wonderfully comprehensive and fearless book... If there are any willing to hear some truly inconvenient truths on the stampeding advocacy of global warming, Mr. Plimer's book is a collection of some of the sternest. (The Globe and Mail)
...[A]rguably no one is more responsible for the shift in opinion than University of Adelaide geologist Ian Plimer, whose new book Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science is an authoritative scientific refutation of the claims of human-caused global warming. (Realclearpolitics.Com)
…a bible for climate change skeptics. (Financial Times)
For those who want to take a thinking approach to global warming untainted by politics or faith, Heaven and Earth is a worthwhile consideration. (Midwest Book Review)
Plimer will convince you. (Energy, Environment, & Earth blog)
...the climate sceptic bible... (The Guardian)
About the Author
Ian Plimer, twice winner of Australia’s highest scientific honor, the Eureka Prize, is professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Adelaide and is author of six other books written for the general public in addition to more than 120 scientific papers.
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The arguments make imminent sense. The world has to understand that carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant. And further, that the earth's climate has been going through great temperature and carbon dioxide swings well before we started to burn fossil fuels.
Professor Plimer argues convincingly that the theory of mankind causing global warming is flawed because it ignores warm periods in Minoan, Roman and Norman times and takes its base at 1750, when the earth was appreciably colder than now.
Where the book fails is Professor Plimer's writing style. The references are jumbled, he jumps from time period to time period and from place to place. Much of the book reads like a rant.
The book could usefully be half the length and better organized. It is a pity that the book is so poorly edited, because Professor Plimer makes important points that politicians need to understand before they impose carbon taxes.
To give a couple of simple examples, if you cannot predict the weather, how can you predict the climate? The main drivers of the global weather / climate are the sun and volcanic activity, yet these are not included in climate forecasts (other than vague cycles, in the case of solar activity) because we cannot predict these essential drivers.
Trouble is, this burden of this book could be accommodated in half the number of pages and it really needed a good editor; so much repetition that I doubt if many readers get very far. It's too bad, because Prof. Pliner is a scientist and uses all the sciences to demonstrate that "we" are not causing global warming; the ups and downs of the world's temperatures are continuous and depend on many factors; ocean warming, changes in water distribution patterns, shifting tectonic plates, variations in amounts of rainfall, and on and on. Our influence as negligible. It's worth the struggle of getting 100 or so pages into it because the reader then realizes that we're simply in cycle that's been been going on forever. But I fear that much of the book deserves to be unread, and will be.
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Ian Plimer is a professor of Geology at the University of Adelaide in Australia, specializing in mining geology. Read morePublished on April 11 2010 by Blair Dowden
Humans have been burning fossil fuels and producing CO2 for the past 150 years. The atmospheric concentration of CO2 has risen. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2009 by Kenneth Fairhurst
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