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S.Fred Singer , Dennis Avery
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1 Feb 2008
Singer and Avery present-in popular language supported by in-depth scientific evidence-the compelling concept that global temperatures have been rising mostly or entirely because of a natural cycle. Using historic data from two millennia of recorded history combined with the natural physical records found in ice cores, seabed sediment, cave stalagmites, and tree rings, Unstoppable Global Warming argues that the 1,500 year solar-driven cycle that has always controlled the earth's climate remains the driving force in the current warming trend. Trillions of dollars spent on reducing fossil fuel use would have no effect on today's rising temperatures. The public policy key, Singer and Avery propose, is adaptation, not fruitless attempts at prevention. Further, they offer convincing evidence that civilization's most successful eras have coincided with the cycle's warmest peaks. With the added benefit of modern technology, humanity can not only survive global climate change, but thrive.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Updated and Expanded Ed edition (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742551245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742551244
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 14.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Singer and Avery present in popular language supported by in-depth scientific evidence the compelling concept that global temperatures have been rising mostly or entirely because of a natural cycle. Unstoppable Global Warming explains why we're warming, why it's not very dangerous, and why we can't stop it anyway. Science Daily Fred Singer and Dennis Avery highlight the many fallacies associated with the hysterical claims of dangerous climate change and unsubstantiated computer projections surrounding the theory of human caused global warming. They have managed to lay out, dissect, and expose the facts in a thoroughly readable style. Unstoppable Global Warming is a 'must read' for everybody who is interested in the real issues surrounding climate change. -- William Kininmonth, Australasian Climate Research Singer and Avery skillfully present their case for the existence of a solar-induced 1,500 year cycle that generates warming and cooling of the Earth's temperature irrespective of the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. The authors even more skillfully argue the implications of their findings to the ongoing heated debate regarding the human contribution to observed and future changes in climate. -- Robert C. Balling, Jr., Arizona State University Fred Singer and Dennis Avery have put together an impressive collection of 'reasons to believe that global warming may not be as bad as some people are telling us'-in other words, that natural variations, rather than human-emitted greenhouse gases, have tended to control climate. Their exhaustive list of scientific references, mostly from refereed journals, only underscores their statements. Bravo for a job well done! -- George H. Taylor, State Climatologist, Oregon Climate Service This book is must reading for anyone concerned about global warming. The authors stress that "consensus" has no place in science, only hard-headed testing of speculation. Their testing of the earth's erratic, moderate warming since 1850 leads them to the planet's recently discovered-but already broadly studied-1500-year climate cycle. -- Frederick Seitz, former President, National Academy of Sciences Real science in, real science out. A masterpiece of understanding, dispelling the computer myths of manmade global warming. Please read this book. -- David Bellamy, Order of the British Empire, academic, author and host of British TV documentaries A wonderful new book... meticulously researched and footnoted. The Washington Times ...a thoughtful book by two respected scientists... Shopfloor.Org Recommended CHOICE This well written book is arguably the best book to date on the politics and science of global warming. Hawaii Reporter t is a very readable book that avoids scientific jargon and does not drown its major points in a flood of data, yet provides 449 references for anyone desiring to find and read the facts found and explained by international researchers. Philadelphia Bulletin, October 4, 2009 argues that climate change is part of a natural cycle, not man-made, and seeks to debunk dominant scientific consensus on global warming. Sunday Star Ledger ... Highly recommended. Albuquerque Journal For those who would like to read the science rather than the politics of climate change I suggest Skinner and Avery's Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years. The Bellingham Herald "I would like o recommend that the author of the letter read the following books which are chock full of data exposing the global-warming hoax: "Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 years" by Fred Singer, a distinguished research professor at George Mason University...perhaps if the author of the letter were to read these books, he would understand the truth concerning the global warming hoax, rather than swallow the propaganda of the leftists who want to tax U.S industries into oblivion." Pensacola News Journal

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S. Fred Singer was the founding dean of the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences at the University of Miami, the first director of the U.S. National Weather Satellite Service, and served five years as vice chairman of the U.S. National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmospheres. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs, including Global Climate Change (Paragon House, 1989) and Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate, (Independent Institute, 1997). Dennis T. Avery has been a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute since 1989. Prior to that, he was a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of State (1980-88), where he won the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983. Avery's book Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming (Hudson) was first published in 1995, with a second edition in 2000. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
This book has two central assumptions, namely, that global warming is happening, but that this is not caused in any way by human activity. Secondly, the authors argue that global warming is not such a bad thing, because a slightly warmer planet is actually better. From old people saving money on heating bills to rare animals being able to extend their normal range thanks to hotter weather, global warming is not such a bad thing.

The authors argue that there have been a number of occassions throughout history when the temperature of the planet has risen and fallen. To prove this, they cite two sources. The first is the records in tree rings and the ice core. The second is the writings of ancient civilizations, which described sudden changes in the climate, without necessarily knowing it. He mentions how the Vikings on Greenland noted a sudden drop in cold, which ultimately led to the end of their settlement there as ice bergs made the sea lanes impassable.

The book also makes an incendiary claim. That green charities, pressure groups and researchers are claiming humans cause global warming for two reasons. Firstly, because there is so much money available in terms of donations from the public if the public can be alarmed enough. Secondly, because government research grants are now so large that many scientists keep their reservations about what is really behind climate change to themselves so as to keep the funding rolling in.

I met the author whilst working at the European Parliament, and found his book to be extremely well written, and the man himself to be very pleasant and a great speaker. This book is strongly recommended.
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Singer and Avery suggest that there should be no binding constraints on human emissions of greenhouse gases until three things can be demonstrated:

1. That greenhouse gases are certain to raise global temperatures significantly higher than they rose during previous natural climate warming cycles;
2. That such a warming would severely harm human welfare and nature;
3. That rational human actions could actually forestall whatever warming may occur.

In short, they do not think that the "global warming alarmists", including the IPCC, have been able to meet any of these requirements.

Singer & Avery pull no punches in this book of four parts. The first describes the discovery of the 1,500-year (or, strictly, 1,470 year +/- 500 year) cycle of warming and cooling and the evidence for it both from historical sources and scientific investigation - temperature proxies such as tree rings, marine deposits, habitation patterns, ice cores and sea levels, even stalagmites and fossilised pollen. Temperatures are not yet as warm as they have been in the relatively recent past - long before man was having any significant impact on the atmosphere - when mankind seemed to be thriving. In the second, they rubbish the evidence that human activity, and in particular the production of CO2, is causing any temperature change; they are particularly scornful of computer modelling and the political re-writing of the various IPCC reports. In the third section, they attack what they see as groundless fears about the effects of warming - the sort of thing that Al Gore put into "An Inconvenient Truth".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Fred Singer, Research Professor at George Mason University in Virginia, and Dennis Avery, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in New York, have written a thorough account of the causes of global warming. Their work is backed by a lengthy list of references from refereed and peer-reviewed science journals.

They show that over the past million years the earth has been through 600 cycles of warming caused by regular changes in the sun's radiance. Each cycle lasts about 1,500 years and the temperature varies from 20C above the mean to 20C below it. The sun's radiance has increased by 0.050C per decade for the last 25 years and we are about 150 years into a moderate warming cycle.

This is the only explanation for the modern warming that is backed by physical evidence, from ice cores, fossilised pollen, core stalagmites and seabed sediments.

They demolish Michael Mann's famous hockey-stick graph - used by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and by US billionaire Al Gore in his movie. This graph purported to show that the 20th century was uniquely hot. But two experienced statisticians, Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, studied Mann's data and concluded that they did not produce the claimed results due to "collation errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of source data, obsolete data, geographical location errors, incorrect calculation of principal components and other quality control defects."

The early 15th-century warming was hotter than the 20th-century warming, refuting the claim that the 20th century's record CO2 emissions caused unprecedented global warming. Antarctic ice cores show a strong correlation between temperature changes and CO2 levels, but CO2 levels rise about 800 years after temperatures rise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and Informative
I found Singer and Avery's book to be very informative and refreshing.

The minority of bad reviews are from individuals who have made up their minds
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Published 18 months ago by P. H. Payne
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously disingenuous and/or delusional
Credit should be given to Singer and Avery for their very clear explanation of the causes of the 8 Ice Ages the Earth has been through in the last 750,000 years. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Martin Lack
5.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable alternative view of climate change
First author Fed Singer is an old hand in climate sciences. He is known to disagree with the alarmistic views that are brought forward by some of his colleagues. Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by sluning
4.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative Theory
The media drumbeat of human-caused global warming causing great potential damage continues unabated, along with editorial demands that something be done right now to curb CO2... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by Patrick Shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years
And once again I say that we need more literature like this to scatter the counterfeit, sham-scientific religious doctrine of the Church of Climate Alarm. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2009 by Pat Regan - author of Dirty Politics
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing climate change arguement
This is a well written book, full of facts that the author lists using verified evidence, both physical from all corners of the world to historical records. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2008 by Arctic
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ..
There is a cycle and every scientific on earth know that. The problem is that humans are disrupting this cycle. What are the proof? Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2007 by Wilkinson J.W.
2.0 out of 5 stars Irresponsible and cognitively challenged
My main problem with Singer and Avery begins with the first paragraph of Chapter One. Since this paragraph sums up their position perfectly, let me quote it:

"The Earth... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by Dennis Littrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Misinformation and Confusion Tied Up with an Air of Plausibility
Mr Singer continues his ongoing strategy of misinformation with regards to Global Climate Change. The information outlined in his book is a series of cherry picked data sets with... Read more
Published on 3 July 2007 by Mr. J. F. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Man-made Climate Change is a Con
This is a very well-argued book. Climate change is real - the climate has been changing for millenia - infact, it cycles approximately every 1500 years. Read more
Published on 18 May 2007 by Tim
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