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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Clairview Books (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905570198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905570195
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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'Do you believe the earth is warming? Think again, says Peter Taylor, a committed environmental analyst with the unusual gift of following scientific evidence ruthlessly wherever it may lead. Taylor has done groundbreaking work on issues ranging from ocean pollution and biodiversity through renewable energy. Now he turns his relentless searchlight on climate change. His work has the ring of passion and the clarity of intellectual honesty. We can be certain his conclusions are the product of a fearless, unbiased, and intelligent intellectual journey by a remarkable mind, all the marks of genuine science. Taylor challenges us to look beyond our biases to whatever conclusions the evidence may justify. Believers in global warming such as myself may not find comfort here, but they will without question find a clear challenge to examine all the evidence objectively. At the very least, Taylor raises issues and questions that must be addressed conclusively before global warming can be genuinely regarded as truthA", inconvenient or otherwise. This book is a must-read for everyone on all sides of the climate change issue.' - W. Jackson Davis, professor emeritus, University of California, and author of the first draft of the Kyoto Protocol

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PETER TAYLOR is a science analyst and policy advisor with over 30 years experience as a consultant to environmental NGOs, government departments and agencies, intergovernmental bodies, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the UN. His range of expertise stretches from pollution and accident risk from nuclear operations, chemical pollution of the oceans and atmosphere, wildlife ecology and conservation, to renewable energy strategies and climate change. In addition to his advisory work, he has lectured widely in universities and institutes in Britain, Germany, Sweden, the USA and Japan, influencing the thinking and careers of several leading scientists. After graduating in Natural Sciences at Oxford University (and later returning to study Social Anthropology) he set up and directed the Oxford-based Political Ecology Research Group and pioneered the development of critical scientific review on environmental issues, both in the examination of official policy and in its use as a campaigning tool for legal reforms such as the precautionary principle (he was a leading advocate of this at UN conventions). He has sat on several government commissions and research advisory bodies. From 2000 to 2003 he was a member of the UK Government's National Advisory Group for Community Renewable Energy. In 2000 Taylor set up a new group, Ethos (, to develop educational programmes using leading-edge computer techniques for visualizing change in the rural landscape. After an extensive review of conservation practice for the British Association of Nature Conservationists, he published Beyond Conservation: a wildland strategy in the spring of 2005, and helped found and organize the Wildland Network for conservationists, foresters and land managers. He is a leading advocate of rewilding policies in nature conservation involving minimal human intervention and the reintroduction of exterminated large mammals, and sits on an advisory group for the management of National Trust and Forestry Commission land in the Lake District. At some time he has been a member of the following professional institutes (reflecting his work and interests at different times): the Institute of Biology, the British Ecological Society, the Society for Radiological Protection, and the International Union of Radio-ecologists (at times on the editorial board of the Journal of Radioecology). During his work on marine pollution and hazardous industries he both critically assessed and utilized computer models of complex marine and atmospheric pathways. He is ideally qualified to review and synthesize climate science across many disciplines, taking a broad and independent view with an unparalleled insight into the workings of science and the evolution of policy behind the scenes of public debate and thus to make recommendations that respect the essentials of social as well as environmental sustainability.

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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By S. Ayres on 6 Nov. 2009
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This is a truly fascinating book. It is divided into two parts: the first part is a review of the most up-to-date science on a range of subjects relevant to climate; the second part is a discussion on policy responses to a changing climate - how society can become resilient to a cooling or warming climate and at the same time live within the limits of a world of finite resources. These are big subjects and Taylor tackles them with authority and wisdom.

Taylor's authority comes from a long track history at the sharp end of environmental science. His career has drawn him into a broad spectrum of science associated mainly with pollution. Significantly, he has on several occasions successfully challenged environmental modelling being used to justify polluting activities, leading to international treaties banning the activities. He was also pivotal in the UN acceptance of the precautionary principle with regards to pollution: the burden of proof is on the polluter. Taylor's wisdom comes simply from having no vested interest, beyond seeing scientific truth prevail, and protecting the natural world and the human qualities of a truly civilised society. There can be nobody better placed to provide a thorough review of this complex subject.

What makes this book a particularly interesting read is the combination of a review of the most current science and some thorough investigative journalism. The result is a compelling story about one of the biggest and most contentious issues or our time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 31 Aug. 2010
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Ecologist and scientist Peter Taylor has written an extraordinary book on climate change. It is also full of stimulating thoughts on energy, land use, biodiversity, housing, food production, migration, etc.

The warm years 1980-2005 followed the cool years 1950-80, in a natural cycle. He contends that these unusually warm years gave rise to the theory of unstoppable global warming.

He notes, "Most of the sea-level rise to date (and all other environmental effects laid at the door of `global warming', such as the retreat of glaciers and calving ice shelves), can be accounted for by the rebound from the Little Ice Age. Indeed, the trend in sea-level rise from 1800 has been consistent, and in the last ten years, as the oceans have cooled, that trend has levelled off."

He studies satellite data, cloud cover, and ocean and solar cycles. Satellite data, particularly since 2005, has told us much that is new about the climate. Solar magnetic cycles drive cloud changes, which drive ocean temperatures. More sunlight means less cloud, warming the oceans. Cloud cover decreased 1980-2000. The consequent sunlight rise of 6 watts per square metre lifted temperatures by 0.60C, far more than the 0.8 watt rise due to carbon dioxide.

Cloud cover increased again after 2000, reducing sunlight by 2 watts per square metre. 2007 saw a sharp fall in the global surface temperature. The solar cycles are in decline, so we are more likely to face cooling.

The Arctic has heatwaves every 70 years; the previous one was in 1920-40. Another, in 2000-07, caused rapid ice loss there. But the record 2007 summer ice-melt was not repeated in 2008 (ice cover rose 30 per cent in October 2008, compared to 2007). 2007 saw record ice extent in Antarctica, in the poles' usual see-saw.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By gadgetbadger on 16 Jan. 2010
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Peter Taylor's work is an exceptional critique. His efforts in the 2nd half of the book especially, to explore and account for the 'group-think' mentality that eschews debate and marginalizes scientific dissent is pure manna for the intelligent and discerning.

Time and again, Taylor makes the point clear: the 'science' of considering causes for warming is NOT settled, essential real-world data is excluded from IPCC summary compilations if not discredited within larger circles for failing to endorse virtual (computer) simulations, and potential catastrophes lie in wait as unwieldy economic commitments are made by governments the world over - and the most piercing irony? Our immediate environment shall resemble a star-wars junkyard as we shore up wind turbines and tidal-barrages in areas of natural conservation - this being a course of action increasingly endorsed by environmentalist groups...

Part 1 of his book is the 'Science' and , albeit hard-going for the likes of a non-specialist like myself (!), is nonetheless (armed as I was with a highlighter and half-a-chapter a day mentality) well worth the effort as it equips the climate-illiterate (me!) with essential tools for dialogue, for challenging assumptions and generating earnest consideration and reflection.

In my estimation, portions of Peter Taylor's discussions in Part 2 could serve equally as a treatise on the denigrating, corrupting aspects of what we have come to know and loathe as the more suffocating vestiges of 'PC' in the marketplace of ideas. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, if only to finally lay to rest the nonsense that one is a 'denier' of global warming - it was NEVER about denial per se, but rather refusing to make anthropogenic co2 emissions the main causative agent, driver and Patsy of the warming phenomena in the latter half of the 20th century.
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