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on January 2, 2010
The scientists involved in propagating the hypothesis of anthropogenic(human initiated) global warming (AGW) have failed so miserably to "uphold the principles and disciplines of true scientific endeavour" that their work must inevitably be totally discredited over the course of time. As a result of their secrecy, refusal to release raw data, the actual discarding of data, highly selective choice of data, outright hijacking of the review process and the tendency to massage data so as to get the desired outcome it is little wonder that there have been numerous books and articles written that expose the shortcomings of their work. The book by Christopher Booker stands out from the crowd in that it runs the scientific story, the political story and the UN story alongside each other. It is also different in that it is written in a very fluid easy to read manner which makes the facts accessible to those with only a modicum of scientific know how.
Given the egregious unethical and unscientific be behaviour of the AGW supporters it is little wonder that their reporting and forecasting of climate behaviour has been singularly inept.
The AGW proponents claimed that 1998 was the warmest year on record for the last century and, possibly, for the last millennium. But it turns out, on closer inspection, that the year 1934 was at least as warm as 1998. And in the famous (infamou?) "hockey stick" graph they endeavoured to show that the earth's temperature was currently rising more rapidly than at any time in the last millennium. The graph concerned completely ignored the medieval warming period (from about 900 AD to 1300 AD) which was at least as warm as is currently the case and also ignored the subsequent mini ice age in the middle of the millennium and exaggerated the current rise in temperature by using suspect temperature measurements.
Most strikingly of all they forecast that the most recent decade would see a relentless rise in temperature due to the extra CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere and, as Booker shows in a striking graph on page 328 of his book, there has been no such rise and, in actual fact, a small fall in temperature.
Yet, despite these blunders, the AGW proponents still persist in claiming that they are able to forecast what will happen to the Earth's climate over the coming decades with their computer models. From what Booker says this is simply a case of hubris gone mad. For all we know the next few decades will exhibit significant cooling which is far more dangerous than warming when it comes to the well being of human and other life on earth.
All in all an excellent book for anyone who wishes to come up to speed on the global warming issue in a painless manner.
At the end of the book the author says that the AGW warmers are likely to claim that because he has "this or that point wrong" the "whole book can be dismissed as worthless". But he goes on to ssy that "what will really annoy then more than anything is that I have at least got most of the story right. And, with that, I heartily agree.
I have awarded the book four stars rather than five not because of shortcomings in the book but because, although it has been recently published, it does not cover the "climategate" story which involved the release, by a whistle blower, of thousands of emails, computer code an other documents from the Climate Reseach Unit at East Anglia University which exposed the secret machinations of the AGW researchers.
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