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  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Vigilante Books; First edition (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980076315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980076318
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.7 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 2 2008
Format: Hardcover
In this eye-opening book on global warming issues, the author presents some of the scientific arguments of those scientists who are known as "deniers" of global warming. However, what becomes very clear in short order is that they are not deniers at all. In fact they freely admit that the earth has indeed warmed over the past decades/centuries. Their main point of contention, as clearly elaborated upon in this book, is that the science is not that simple and not at all settled, as many of their adversaries in this matter profess. The author's approach is to give a brief resume of the selected scientists and quote their respective scientific views. From their resumes, it is clear that these scientists are world class in their scientific fields with extremely impressive credentials and numerous peer-reviewed research publications to their names. They are scientific specialists in disciplines that are directly related to the environmental concerns under debate. Based on their extensive work, they believe that it is much too early to sound the alarm on climate change and that, most likely, the observed warming is mainly natural - possibly the continuation of a process that began at the end of the last ice age. The writing style is clear, friendly, engaging and very accessible. The many quotes from the scientists are very clear and authoritative yet free of unnecessary scientific jargon; they express their views in a plain English that any reader can understand, whatever his/her background. Consequently, this is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone. If anything, this book makes clear that scientists on both sides of this issue should get together to objectively discuss the scientific evidence and their respective interpretations with the ultimate objective of, hopefully, reaching some sort of consensus that world leaders can more reliably work with, as deemed necessary.
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The credentials of the critics of manmade global warming and the connection to CO2 are impeccable. These are not the cranks (like some might have seen on the CBC). I have no doubts after this book that the science is "not settled" in any sense, and that we'd all benefit from an open & honest dialogue on this important issue.
Personally, at the end he loses me a little - I see nuclear power as the only realistic way to cut down our burning of fossil fuels and meet the energy needs of tomorrow.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Question Everything on Jan. 16 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love this book because it gives the public a look at the complexity of the science involved in tracking, modeling, and predicting global warming. Every politician should read it before they make public policy decisions about the environment. Every teacher should read it before they show Al Gore's movie to their students.

The case for human-caused global warming has been hugely overstated. We must ask, "To what purpose?", "Who benefits from the hysteria?", "How many careers are being trashed because of the politics of global warming?" I want clean air and clean water. I want us to be better caretakers of the planet. But I don't want to be manipulated by bad science massaged for political purposes. The scientists more interested in furthering their careers than in finding truth will be the ones left teaching and hiring at our universities. That is a sad, unintended consequence of jumping on the this particular band wagon. It will have repercussions for our children's education.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Glass on June 7 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lawrence Solomon provides a lucid and engrossing series of sketches on the views of eminent scientists who question the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His presentation is measured and even handed. Cheap shots, imputations of nefarious motives and ad hominen attacks are not Solomon's style.

That said, the cumulative impact of so many first rank scientists' profound problems with the IPCC's global warming theory compels one to reassess the credibilty of those who claim that "the science is settled".
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