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on 21 August 2014
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on 29 November 2011
If you want to give one book to people who want to know what the global warming fuss is, this is it. Mark Maslin has put together possibly the briefest, punchiest overview without going polemical. A good stocking stuffer.
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on 10 April 2013
This book gives a great brief introduction to the current information surrounding global warming. Its short, simple and easy to read.
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on 6 April 2015
uses the word "debunk" and thinks the film "The day after tomorrow" is worth mentioning to highlight how the public have been "made aware" of the science... says it all... The book starts off in a promising fashion but then degenerates into the usual unscientific alarmist clap trap. Nigel Lawson is ridiculed for bing "not qualified" to challenge a standpoint. Since when was that necessary ? Still its the way alarmists debate ... the "you're not a scientist so how can you possibly say this green book is green when in fact I am telling you its red and I am a scientist". another one for alarmists only.....
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on 17 December 2014
Sadly but rather as expected this book excludes alternative hypotheses of climate mechanisms causing warming periods. There are plenty of other books available via Amazon that treat the subject with a wider perspective. Examples include:

“The Neglected Sun – Why the Sun Precludes Climate Catastrophe”, Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian Lüning, Stacey International 2013 ISBN 978-1-909022-24-9
“The Age of Global Warming – A History”, Rupert Darwell, Quartet Books Ltd 2013 ISBN 978-0-7043-7299-3
“Hiding the Decline”, A. W. Montford, Anglosphere Books, 2012 ISBN 978-1-906768-35-5
“How to Get Expelled from School”, Ian Plimer, Gracewing 2012 ISBN978-0-85244-802-1
“The Greatest Hoax- How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future”, James Inhofe, WND Books 2012 ISBN 978-1-936488-49-0
“Watermellons”, James Delingpole, Biteback Publishing, 2012 ISBN 978-1-84954-405-4
”The Inconvenient Skeptic – The Comprehensive Guide to the Earth’s Climate”, John Kerr 2011 ISBN 978-0-9847829-1-8
*“The Delinquent Teenager who was mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert”, Donna Laframboise, Ivy Avenue Press 2011 ISBN: 978-1466453487
“Let Them Eat Carbon”, Matthew Sinclair, Biteback Publishing 2011 ISBN 978-1-84954-116-9
“The Great Global Warming Blunder” Roy W. Spencer, Encounter Books 2010 ISBN -13:978-1-59403-373-5
“Energy and Climate Wars”, Peter C. Glover and Michael J. Economides, Continuum Books 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4411-5307-4
“Climategate”. Brian Sussman, WND Books 2010 ISBN: 978-1-935071-83-9
“The Climate Fix”, Roger Pielke, Jr., Basic Books ISBN 978-0-465-02052-2
“The Hockey Stick Illusion” A.W. Montford, Stacey International, 2010 ISBN 978 1 906768 35 5
“Climate: The Counter Consensus” Professor Robert M Carter, Stacey International, 2010 ISBN 978-1-906768-29-4
“The Climate Caper” Garth W. Paltridge, Taylor Trade Publishing 2010 ISBN 978-1-58979-548-8
“The Real Global Warming Disaster”, Christopher Booker, Continuum International Publishing Group 2009 ISBN 9781441110527
“Chill – A Reassessment of Global Warming Theory” Peter Taylor, Clairview Books 2009. ISBN 978-1 905570-19-5
“Air Con” - The Seriously Inconvenient Truth about Global Warming Ian Wishart, Howling at the Moon Publishing Ltd 2009 ISBN 978-0-9582401-4-7
“Heaven and Earth – global warming: the missing science” Ian Plimer, Quartet Books Ltd., 2009 ISBN 978 0n 7043 7166 8
“The Wind Farm Scam”, John Etherington, Stacey International 2009 ISBN: 978 1905299 83 6
“Climate of Extremes” Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling Jr., Cato Institute 2009 ISBN978-1-933995-23-6
“While the Earth Endures” Philip Foster, St. Matthew Publishing Ltd 2009 ISBN 978 1 901546 31 6
“Climate Confusion” Roy W Spencer, Encounter Books 2008
ISBN 978-1-59403-210-3
“Blue Planet in Green Shackles”, Vaclav Klaus, Competitive Enterprise Institute 2008 ISBN 1-889865-09-5
“Red Hot Lies” Christopher C Horner, Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2008 ISBN 978-1-59698-538-4
“An Appeal to Reason – A Cool Look at Global Warming” Nigel Lawson, Duckworth Overlook 2008 ISBN 978-0-7156-3786-9
“The Deniers” Lawrence Solomon, Richard Vigilante Books 2008 ISBN 978-0-9800763-1-8
“Unstoppable Global Warming – Every 1,500 Years” S Fred Singer & Dennis T Avery, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc 2007 ISBN 978-0-7425-5116-9
“Cool It – The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming” Bjorn Lomborg Marshal Cavendish Ltd 2007
ISBN 978-0-462-09912-5
“The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism” Christopher C. Horner, Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2007 ISBN 978-1-59698-501-8
“Scared to Death” Christopher Booker & Richard North, Continuum Books 2007 ISBN 0-8264-8614-2; 978-0-8264-8614-1
"Taken by Storm" Christopher Essex & Ross McKitric, Key Porter Books Ltd. Toronto Canada 2007 ISBN9781-5526-3946-7
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on 13 May 2012
This is yet another hysterical and alarmist book about global warming. It is unclear what qualifications Mr Maslin has to pontificate about the topic, but he appears to accept the IPCC reports as the gospel truth, and omits or underplays the serious criticism of those reports and the underlying "science". Being first published in 2004, it is well out-of-date now, and thus fails to mention the Climategate scandal as well as the growing counter-consensus to the IPCC conclusions. To start with CO2 is a mild greenhouse gas (GHG) and not a toxic pollutant, as he might wish us to believe. CO2 is a vital gas for plant life, and increases in its very low concentration in the air actually promotes plant growth. Water in the form of the vapour or aerosol (as clouds) is a far more important GHG, and is ignored or minimised in the many computer models of the climate on which the IPCC bases its arguments. Since the book was written, we have not been inundated with vast floods, little or no land has disappeared under the sea, and indeed, global temperatures have dropped (as our recent very cold winters testify). So much for the predictive power of computer models, which are similar to those used in weather forecasting, and we all know how unreliable they can be. But the dangers of taking the advice of the IPCC or those advocated by Mr Maslin in adopting so-called green energy technology are great indeed, especially as many are unproven and are very costly. Wind energy, for example, has to be subsidised to exist at all, and wind is an unpredictable force to harness. We are not alone in this madness: the EU have promoted these dangerous policies, but they have been rejected by the outside world, especially by the USA, China and India and much of the developing world. They rely on cheap energy from coal and increasingly gas, to generate low cost electricity to power their industries. It is China we have to thank for keeping the world economy afloat despite the recession in the west, caused by the banking crisis. The EU is currently in peril of collapse of its currency, the Euro, and its industries are severely affected by the carbon taxes brought in to allegedly reduce carbon emissions. In fact, they have the opposite effect, since China (free of such taxes) can increase its own industrial output and displace European industries, creating more CO2 from its expanding electricity generation sector. The book comes with numerous over-simplified diagrams in which error or uncertainty are absent, thus misleading the reader further. If you want a fairer and more balanced account, the book by Robert Carter (Climate: The Counter-Consensus, 2010) provides a suitable introduction to the subject, a refreshing counterblast to the doom-mongers of yesterday.
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