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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Stacey International (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906768293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906768294
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Robert Carter is one of the world's leading palaeoclimatologists, and his work investigates the past cycles of the earth's unpredictable natural climate change, especially over the last few million years of planetary ice ages.

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I can't think of when I last read a book that started with an introductory essay by the publisher to explain why he had persuaded - reading between the lines, brow beaten? - the author into accepting a title for his book that he not only didn't like but with which he may positively have disagreed But that's how this one starts - and Bob Carter goes on in the book, inter-alia, to remind us repeatedly why the idea of consensus - pro or counter - has no place in science. While he does report many arguments by other climate change sceptics to disprove theories by "alarmists", he is very careful not to suggest that these constitute a consensus - scientists who seek to disprove the so-called "consensus" do not need to agree with each other.

The author identifies three "realities" of climate change, which he calls the science reality, the virtual reality and the public reality, and he examines these in turn. The first four chapters are devoted the examining the science, and much of the material here will be well know to anyone who has followed the climate change debate. Carter is a paleoclimatologist, and specifically an expert in the climate records from the oceans, and is therefore very much within his area of expertise when he examines evidence for temperature and CO2 concentrations over geological timescales and from oceanic sources. He concludes that there is no evidence that late twentieth century temperatures or rates of change were exceptional in a historical context, and points out that the world appears actually to have been cooling since 1998.

In the two chapters on the "virtual reality" Carter exposes the limited value of the computer models on which most "alarmist" arguments are founded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Impenitent Pedant on 15 Jan. 2015
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I confess that this is not a review of the book, which I have read and shall review separately this coming week, but a clarion call of alarm at the fact that the book is apparently no longer available for curious, perhaps, spurious, reasons.

Yesterday (14 Jan 2015) I sent this email to Independent Minds, the publisher, expressing my concern but as yet have heard nothing. Text follows:

My friend recently indicated that he wished to buy Robert Carter's "Climate: The Counter Consensus" and I recommended he buy from Amazon.

When he went to the website the following message was displayed, and is still being displayed:

Item Under Review
This book is currently unavailable because there is an issue with its description, content, or formatting.
We are working with the publisher to fix the issue. As always, we value customer feedback.

Alternative offers from, I imagine, Amazon Marketplace vendors range in price from £31.60 (used) to an astonishing £1,433.35 (new)! I bought my copy from Amazon in 2012 for £6.99

I note, too, that the Independent Minds website is described as being updated so I am not sure whether this is likely to reach you. If I get no acknowledgement I will re-send to the editorial and marketing email addresses.

What can this be? Is Prof Carter under attack, legal or otherwise, for his book? Is Amazon now censoring books? It asks for feedback but in this matter offers no easy way of giving it.

Can you help or advise? I do not wish to give my copy away and my friend will not spend these ludicrous prices on used paperbacks.

BTW does not have the above message but is not offering the book directly.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. Fletcher on 12 July 2010
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Professor Carter sets the context for his writing in the first paragraph of chapter 1 of his book where we read:

"... I am at the US headquarters of the Ocean Drilling Programme at Texas A&M University studying seabed cores from the southwest Pacific Ocean."

For anyone who has read a bit about climate change you would understand he is talking about analyzing cores from which, among other things, proxies of the world's historical temperatures are derived.

Professor Carter has worked, taught and studied in this field for 40 years. It is refreshing to read a book from someone who has worked at the coalface.

Whilst Carter makes it clear through out the book that he does not support the consensus view its clear that his desire is for policy to be influenced by sound debated science.

He discusses the context of our local climate on a geological scale (of which he is an expert) and explains why our current situation is not extraordinary. You can almost hear his saddened sigh as he believes science is being sold short by a movement that has become not so much about science and fact, but about political and private agendas.

The first half of the book is about the science. Carter includes some of the best explanations I have read. For example his explanation of temperature anomalies would be very worthwhile to people who are new to the topic since most temperature time series records are presented as anomalies.

Carter's book is obviously written with passion. It is clear that he believes that educating people is the best way to proceed in the future and his book is a worthy tool to that end.
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