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The Inconvenient Skeptic: The Comprehensive Guide to the Earth's Climate [Paperback]

John H. Kehr
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24 Oct 2011
The story of our Earth is one of constant change. Only by understanding why the Earth has changed in the past is it possible to predict how it will change in the future. Four years ago I considered the theory of global warming to be a real possibility, but I found that I could not wholly commit to it without understanding the science of the Earth's climate. With my background as an engineer in the private R&D field as my guide, I decided to understand the Earth's climate and the theory of global warming for myself. This book tells of my journey through the science and the controversy that surrounds the global warming debate. It tells the history of the Earth's past climate and how it became the climate of today. It is this knowledge that made me a global warming skeptic. This book is not for those that wish to ignore the science of the debate, it is for those that want to learn about why the Earth changes. Climate will change in the future, if you want to know why, then read this book.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Kehr (24 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984782915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984782918
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious scepticism... 16 Nov 2012
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I bought this for my Kindle to further my understanding if the Great Global Warming
Discussion. It's a well-researched piece and very detailed, in some respects so detailed that it becomes very hard work. I found the many graphs to be hard to interpret at times, and would have been glad to have some more conclusions clarified as I went through the text. Nevertheless it's a powerful piece of research, performed with scientific rigour, and stands in strong contrast to the shockingly poor efforts of the AGW proponents, with their cherry-picked statistics
and automatic redaction of contra-indicators. Looks more and more as if AGW is this century's South Sea Bubble, with fortunes being made at the expense of the gullible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By geetee
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This is a fascinating read and gives a layman's account of Global Warming....Using Ice core samples from the arctic and Ant-artic, John Kehr comes up with a convincing argument [for me] that the current warming trend and extreme weather is part of Earths Climatic cycle, and is no different, and to some extent less extreme than the weather that has raged around the planet for millions of years in the past and in the not so distant past. He argues the long term trend of Earth cooling [The last 1000 years are the coldest mean average in the last 10.0000] poses a far greater threat to humanity than the current warming trend. Crops grow in a warmer temperate climate, they do not grow in an Ice Age
Draw your own conclusions from the evidence he produces but either way it cant do any harm to arm yourself with the alternate take on what is happening to our planet against the views and persuasions of those that may have a more political and financial motive. All in all a thoroughly enlightening read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all Climate Scientists 18 Mar 2013
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If you are in any way scientifically literate and you want to read only one book on Climate Change, read this one.

There is no other book I know of that explains the fundamentals of Climate science so well and equips you to form a view of future climate.

Unfortunately the view you form will almost certainly be that the concensus is wrong and that Arhenius and those who have followed his theory did not understand the basics of how the earth's climate works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AGW - it doesn't make sense 23 April 2012
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As a working geologist I know about cycles and rhythms. I have always thought that the concepts of AGW made no sense. Throughout the histeria of the 90s and noughties I maintained a dignified skepticism often against the herd mentality of countless others. This book is excellent at shooting down the myth. A really really good scientific and pragmatic look at the facts about solar cycles and the distribution of continents on the earth. If you like a whodunnit - look no further than that big orange globe in the sky.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As a fellow engineer (I've not met the author - wrong side of the pond; not quite the same industry), I was drawn to John Kehr's detailed analytical approach. It is a clean, well structured, and honest approach, much as I would expect from within, for example, an engineering-led development project. The sort of project where systems work only where the mechanisms and interactions are fully understood, and not when some fluffy-headed career pseudo-academic***, or research-fund dependent whomever***, wishes things to be so through some misguided sense of artistic rightness. In the engineering community we get those, but their ideas quickly fail when hard cold reality meets fluff and froth.
There are some minor typos (Kindle edition), and some of the material could be slightly better organised, but that might be me being over-sensitive with the Kindle experience. I am considering buying the paper copy so that I can flick back and forth more easily, and mark-up sections for my own further reference.
This important book fills a gap I think, for those who need to see the detail before stepping back for the overall picture. It is more followable - almost relentlessly so - than, for example, Professor Robert Carter's otherwise excellent Counter Consensus book, which does include too much (for me) mention of which organisation did or said this or that, and almost expects the reader to already know some of that. Having said that though, I am now re-reading Robert Carter's book feeling somewhat better informed by John Kehr's. I hope to see more from this author.
If think of anymore plaudits, I will update this review
(*** runs & ducks - sorry I cannot think of a better pigeon-hole summary to indicate the types to whom I am trying to refer. It's getting late!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading by all politicians 30 Sep 2013
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An excellent expose of climate data showing that its all happened before and it is not man made.The ice core data reveals that the planet has actually been cooling for the last 3000 years which came as a surprise to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 14 Jan 2012
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This is one of the best books about the science of earth's climate which I've read. It isn't just an effective demolition of the absurd AGW hypotheses, but a thorough exposition of much more plausible hypotheses explaining the history and drivers of the climate. It ought to be picked up by a commercial publisher, professionally edited and launched with a blaze of publicity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book. 10 Jan 2013
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Anyone that takes the hypothesis of Dangerous Anthropogenic Global Warming seriously once they have read this book, would have to be an idiot. It is a very well explained book, that puts into proper perspective the various forces that affect global climate from both a historic and contemporary basis, and leaves no room whatsoever for the alarmist theories that have lately become politically fashionable.

Doubly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling.
Having read books from both sides of the fence, this book makes most sense, Chase the references, follow the leads and data presented, jump off the emotional bandwagon, this book... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by dave foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 1 month ago by Cheever Hardwick
4.0 out of 5 stars The climate is changing. But not how you've been told.
I would not say this book well written, or entertaining; I don't think it claims or pretends to be. It is however, very informative. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unified theory of climate
If any book has demolished the AGW nonsense this one has. Not only well laid out but an interesting read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by r w c sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains scientific content
The book covers the big picture on climate change where carbon dioxide is at best a bit player. Unsuitable reading for those who believe in the predominance of anthropogenic... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter F Gill
1.0 out of 5 stars A disservice to engineers: an insult to physicists.
So the average global surface temperature of the Earth is... minus ninety degrees Celsius?

I'm not going to catalogue the errors in this publication but concentrate on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Frayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifting the veil
This book contains a detailed explanation of the mechanisms affecting the world's climate and, by taking the broad view, it has more conviction than most other books on the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wavetop
5.0 out of 5 stars A careful study
Here is Avery careful day by an engineer who had few pre-conceived ideas about climate change and was only concerned with sifting the evidence. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Criticjohn
4.0 out of 5 stars quite a wake up call
Rigorous wake up call.
Change is coming but not in a good way. This is the scare story to force massive adaptation whether we wish it or not. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. B. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent and detailed exposition on how the climate we have works,...
An excellent and detailed exposition on how the climate we have works, and why, without hysteria or hype. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mark harvey
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