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Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming [Paperback]

Ross McKitrick , Christopher Essex
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Oct. 31 2002
The physical phenomena in climate and weather change are among the most complex in nature, and science can say very little about what will happen to our environment in the future. Yet a large international policy framework has been built precisely on the assumption that we know what is happening and how to control it. In Taken by Storm, Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick prove this internationally accepted assumption false. Essex and McKitrick explain the science of climate change and show that the widespread belief in global warming is really a house of cards. Taken By Storm is a vital first step towards dealing with environmental issues in a way that seeks real solutions and overcomes the tendency to replace scientific fact with indoctrinated fiction.(November 2002)

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DR. CHRISTOPHER ESSEX is a professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, specializing in the underlying mathematics, physics, and computation of complex dynamical processes such as climate. He is a visiting professor at the Niels Bohr Institute’s Orsted Laboratory and previously served as an NSERC visiting fellow at the Canadian Climate Centre and Alexander von Humbolt Research Fellow.

DR. ROSS MCKITRICK is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph and a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia. He specializes in the application of economic analysis to environmental policy design and climate change. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Many professors of Climate Science realize that carbon dioxide generated by human activity has caused little or no global warming. Essex and McKitrick, even as outsiders to the field, provide the most entertaining exposé of climate modeling nonsense I have seen. The flaws in climate modeling, the absence of
water vapor as the most important greenhouse gas in most enviro manifestoes, the fraud behind the "hockey stick" graph of temperature over the last 1,000 years that claims that the 20th century has been the warmest of the millenium, and the lack of coverage of the remaining ground temperature measurement
stations are all revealed, and backed with citations to peer-reviewed journals. Even the dynamics of human group polarization are explained at length as the reason why this subject receives almost no serious scientific discussion.
The hockey stick temperature vs. time graph was defended by its perpetrator (Mann). A new peer-reviewed article defends the work in the book and amplfies it: Stephen McIntyre and Ross
McKitrick.Corrections to the Mann et al (1998) Proxy Data Base and Northern Hemisphere Average Temperature Series. Energy and Environment 14(6) 751-772. This is one of the few journals on climate that will consider articles with the facts: there is no correlation, as the books shows, with CO2 levels and lower atmosphere temperatures. [...]
The views in the book are supported by other authors in the books Hot Talk, Cold Science; Fragile Science; Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths; and The Skeptical Environmentalist.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating and informative Aug. 22 2003
Prior to reading Taken by Storm I considered myself well-informed about the topic of global climate change.I was surprised at how much more this book was able to explain. Essex and McKitrick do an excellent job of outlining the basic science, underlying math and pervasive lack of true understanding that underpins the issue of gloabl warming.Their tone is non-judgemental, unequivocal and principled. They ask fundamental intellectual questions, explain concepts using accessible examples and highlight how good science has been lost. It is a must read for anyone seeking insights about climate change and the broader interplay of politics and science.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard read, worth it Jan. 6 2003
By A Customer
Funny, irreverent. A good look at science and global
warming. With only one year of chem eng under my
belt, I found some of the sections were a bit hard
going. But, on the whole, I found the book quite
accessible. Don't judge the global warming debate
until you've read TAKEN BY STORM.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Effort June 18 2004
Mr. Essex and Mr. McKitrick have written a very impressive critique of the faulty science and pseudoscience behind the global warming theory. Particularly impressive is their explanation of the faulty modeling of the climate by the U.N. working committees. The book demonstrates how the collection of average temperatures is no way to model the climate whose relationships are nonlinear and are in constant disequilibrium. The authors demonstrate the uselessness of the U.N. climate models better than anyone else I have read. The authors to their great credit also expose many of the propaganda devices of the establishment and environmentalist proponents of controlling global warming. Way too many of the media, government and establishment information outlets are controlled by people who uncritically support the global warming hypothesis.
Mr. Essex and Mr. Mckitrick might criticized a bit for their presentation. The authors discuss quite difficult concepts that might well be out of range for the average reader. Even a person like myself who has taken a number of college mathematics courses had to read slowly and carefully several of their chapters. I think the authors should have used gray boxes to carefully explain the more difficult concepts, as is done in some science textbooks. For less experienced readers the book by Michaels and Balling (The Satanic Gases) might be a clearer exposition.
But the work is still stupendous.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming 201 Dec 3 2002
By A Customer
This is the best-written, most entertaining, most important Science book I've read in over 40 years! The authors draw on statistical theory, chaos theory, computer modelling, masses of scientific data and a whole lot of common sense to completely devastate the whole idea of "global warming" and any attempts to observe it, predict it or influcence it. They also wade into the issue of why this "Chicken Little" idea has gained such a grip on our politicians (and our purse strings).
Only problem: I suspect this would be a tough read for anyone who doesn't have a strong science, math and statistics background. Even though I do have such a background, I found myself deciphering the "dummed down" versions into the real theory in order to understand what they were talking about. It all rang true to me, but I'm not sure someone who didn't have access to the "real" math would be convinced.
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