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Professor Robert Carter
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25 July 2011 Independent Minds
The counter-consensus to quasi-scientific hype and induced panic on climate change is at last assembling. The argument is not in the first place as to whether or not climate change has been taking place, but whether any recent warming of the planet is appreciably due to human activity and how harmful it will prove. Tom Stacey, in his eloquent and provocative introduction, investigates our tendency to ascribe this and other perceived planetary crises to some inherent fault in ourselves, be it original sin or a basic moral failing. Climate Change goes on to examine, with thoroughness and impartial expertise, the so-called facts of global warming that are churned out and unquestioningly accepted, while the scientific and media establishments stifle or deride any legitimate expression of an opposing view. In doing so, the book typifies the mission of Independent Minds to replace political correctness and received wisdom with common sense and rational analysis.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Stacey International (25 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906768293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906768294
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,517 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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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy Book 22 Sep 2010
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This book was for me a revelation,and a vindication of all those people who have questioned manmade global warming. I have also read ChristIan Gerondeau's "Climate The Great Delusion" and John Etherington's "The Wind Farm Scam". ALL these books should be made available in schools and libraries so that everyday folk and children can begin to see how they are being brainwashed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YET 10 Aug 2010
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I have read several books on the subject of global warming (now rechristened climate change in order to cover all eventualities) and this is the best. An excellent book written by someone well qualified but it is easily understood by a layman.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and incredibly informative... 19 Jan 2011
By Mike
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First of all, this should be a book review rather than a rant about climate change.

Bob Carter is a well-respected scientist, which is clearly evident in the writing of this book. He has no 'axe-to-grind' (using his own words) about whether climate change is man-made or natural, but merely presents scientific facts, which he then discusses and explains.

He follows the scientific method rigorously and his book is well structured, easily followed and incredibly informative. No doubt 'climate alarmists' will have wasted no time in attempting to discredit him, but the truth of the matter remains, that this book is very well written and every single statement he makes is sourced and can be backed up. I have been studying climate closely for four years now and am writing my dissertation related to climate change (the science of climate change). I definitely recommend this book!

Well written, logical, and easy to follow even if you are unfamiliar with any details regarding climate.

Enjoy reading!

And, I'm not a climate 'skeptic' or 'alarmist'... rather a climate 'realist'... and agree wholly with what Carter has written in this book.
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