Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming Paperback – Oct 31 2002
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About the Author
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 alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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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