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Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science [Paperback]

Ian Plimer
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July 16 2009 1589794729 978-1589794726
In this controversial new book Australia's leading geologist makes the case that carbon dioxide is just one of many factors that drive climate--and a relatively insignificant one at that. Heaven and Earth engagingly and comprehensively synthesizes what we know--or think we know -- about the sun, earth, ice, water, and air. Heaven and Earth is a powerful argument against many of the punitive--and expensive--laws that are now being passed to 'protect' our environment. Remember the great Alar scare of 1989? Remember when we were headed toward a New Ice Age? Remember when the Arctic was melting but the Antarctic was not? And when ethanol was the answer to everything? Ian Plimer's Heaven and Earth blows away the smoke and let's us look directly into the flame.

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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 The Daily Mail, (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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book Aug. 10 2009
Format:Paperback
This book should be compulsory reading for anyone with an opinion on climate change and CO2, in particular any University-level Environmental course. It strips away a lot of the emotions and politics and gets down to facts and science. It's worth buying just to read the chapters that debunk the famous hockey-stick atmospheric CO2 curve and discuss the real temperature profile of the Earth over the last few thousand years. There's an enormous amount of climate education contained in 500 pages and even if you disagree with parts of it, the book gives you a lot to consider.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Professor Plimer's book challenges the hypothesis that global warming is caused by the actions of mankind, specifically increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. He draws on several hundred references to support his view that global warming we see today is a natural event, and that the temperatures we see now have been exceeded in the relatively recent past (3 times in the past 5,000 years) and numerous times previously.
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.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good science, lousy book Aug. 31 2009
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To those of us who question the doomsday scenario put forward by those who think that global warning is real and being real, is terrible, Prof. Pliner clearly outlines that science does not support it. The earth has been undergoing climate change for millions of years ice ages last for thousands of years then disappear and the earth becomes warmer, allowing higher food production, permitting travel, seeing cities rise, creating a more healthy and a more educatwd population, and so on. "Cold" periods such as the 1500s result in famine, hard times, reduced populations, and so on. These alternating scenarios have been going of for millions of years; long before man began adding his pitifully small contribution of CO two to the atmosphere. Nature provides much more.
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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