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By Pedro S
Oct 15, 2009
"An excellent Guide to Global Warming Skepticism" Warren Meyer has done a terrific job of summarising the many critiques of global warming with this book. It is difficult to find a good overview of what the problems are with global warming. The IPCC and people who believe in catastrophic AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) have flooded most of the net and news sources and made it hard to find information from people who dispute the consensus. It is quite common to see an alleged refutation of what someone has said and finding it hard to find out what they originally said that had to be refuted. Meyer's book is in 8 chapters, they are: Chapter 1: Management Summary. Chapter 2: It it OK to be a Skeptic, where the case is made that there are in fact many climate skeptics. Chapter 3: The Basics of AGW Theory, in which the basic chemistry of the atmosphere is described and the role of C02 is described. Chapter 4: The historical evidence, where a number of the climatological... More > records are presented. Chapter 5: The computer models and predicting the future, where the problems with the models are described. Chapter 6: Alternate explanations and models, where the role of Solar Irradiance, Cosmic Rays and Land use are described. Chapter 7: The effects of global warming, is where the effects of AGW are described. Chapter 8: Kyoto and Policy Alternatives, where the Kyoto treaty and different ideas are discussed. Chapter 9: Rebuttals by AGW Supporters discusses the rebuttals the arguments in the book. The book is very interesting and presents many of the problems that AGW catastrophists have. It's well worth downloading the pdf and having a read. The book would have greatly benefited from some editing. Much of the language is overly casual. Many of the figures are not properly referenced. The references are also often not clear. There are links in the pdf copy that do not appear to go anywhere. If you've ever spoken to engineers who are to the point the style will be familiar. The book is an excellent jumping off point for looking at the many problems with AGW catastophism. The number of assumptions that have to be made in order to make the problem appear as the greatest problem that humanity has are highlighted. The names of many of the better known climate skeptics like Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer and Gro Harlem Brundtland are mentioned as is Steve McIntyre. Surprisingly, Bjorn Lomborg is not mentioned. The book makes the point that AGW catastrophists are often ex-Marxists and similar and appears to put forth sinister views of why people support AGW catastrophism. Other explanations such as “Noble Cause Corruption” that are described in Aynsley Kellow's “The Virtuous Corruption of Virtual Environmental Science” should be added. The book is best on the technical aspects, the chapters on the climatological record, the basics of AGW Theory, the computer models and alternate explanations are all clear, to the point and make their point very well. The book is let down here by the references and a few minor issues, but the explanations are good and the data is fairly well presented. There are many interesting climate skeptic blogs, but overviews of all the issues are hard to come by. This book is an excellent way of doing this. It would be better perhaps if some of the climate bloggers could come together and form a wiki where the issues that the book presents could be presented at a layman's level and then in more depth and with references to the papers that make the points that the skeptics have. But as it stands this is possibly the best introduction online.< Less
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