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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2005
This is a balanced and comprehensive account of the science behind climate change, including discussions of its causes, and different models for predicting future temperature increases. It is probably the best guide to global warming.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Lucidly written by an outstanding scientist, discusses the many factors and mechanisms involved, and places anthropogenic change in its context along with natural factors. The scientific consensus on this issue has shifted steadily in one direction, from airy speculation about whether man-made change is real, to pressing concerns about how much, how soon, to what effect, and what to do about it; this book shows why.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2006
This book presents the scientific evidence for global warming and man's involvement in it. While much of the science is explained in lay terms, some of the data tables assume a scientific background. It explains the variability of the climate models and the future global lifestyle assumptions used to predict the future. The author is chairman of the Science committee of UN International Panel on Climate Change, hardly a "Junk Scientist" as a previous review stated.

However, it makes little attempt to squash some of the wilder opposing arguments still being bandied around by some sceptics.

(I allow that there are still some areas for discussion).
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2009
This is an essential book for anyone who wants to move past the media hype on this important subject. It covers the breadth of the science in an accessible manner, and chapter 8 looks at why we should be concerned. Houghton discusses his personal belief there, and successfully brings issues of religion and ethics into the debate - something which, as he points out, is all too often deliberately left out of the discussion.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2011
Whenever dealing with computer-models, just bear in mind, that what we are really talking about is 'GUESS WORK'! No matter how sophisticated computer-models are, they simply cannot model such a chaotic mechanism as 'climate'. There are thousands of variables at play with respect to the climate system e.g. water-vapour, clouds, greenhouses gases like Carbon Dioxide, vast oceans, sun, top soil and vegetation, etc. In addition, computer-models have many real world short-comings with respect to the climate system. For example, computer-models cannot account for water-vapour (the dominant greenhouse gas) comprising 97% of the atmosphere, they cannot explain how cosmic rays are theoretically linked to the formation of low-level cloud development which is thought to be a hugely important factor in itself, etc.

Granted, C02 is a greenhouse gas and does retain heat trapping properties that should lead to some warming. But this simple reasoning by itself falls way short of the mark when talking about affecting 'GLOBAL' temperatures. In my opinion, there are probably far more powerful and influential forces at play that considerably overwhelm anthropogenic influences e.g. a combination of factors all interacting on some level P.S. sun, cosmic rays, water vapour and the vast oceans which cover 70% of the earth's surface.

The theory of human-induced climate change has been postulated, but has not been scientifically demonstrated in accordance with the scientific method. For this reason alone, I remain skeptical - until proven otherwise by empirical data/measurement.

However, I recommend this book to anyone who possesses an interest in the subject of 'climate change'. It is a wise move never to dismiss alternative viewpoints!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is an easy book to read and understand, and covers the complexities of the subject. Our teenage kids have used it for projects and references. Its sometimes difficult to find it, as people tend to pick it up, become engrossed, and wander off with it! I'm really pleased I bought this book.
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on 19 October 2014
Great overview of the topic, recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2012
Caro's 'reviews' pop up in all kinds of places on Amazon and all of them betray one thing only - he's never read any of the books or watched any of the movies he criticizes. It's so blatantly obvious after you come across so many of his posts that all attack 'left/liberal' that he just goes around giving books and movies, documentaries bad marks that don't concur with his neoliberal tea party politics. It's really quite pathetic to think that someone would actually spend their days doing this kind of thing but he probably has a lot of it on his hand's. A few days ago I watched a doc about tea party activism where at seminar's people are advised to go onto sites like Amazon, Rotten Tomatoes etc and key in something like 'Climate Change' and score them badly and give them bad reviews. The young man giving the seminar says he spends 30 minutes every day doing this even though he's never read any of them. This is what you're are up against these days!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
I am one of those nerds who will read a textbook from cover to cover if it interests me.

This is one of those. So comprehensive and an easy read!
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22 of 158 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2006
You should only read this book if you are also going to read a book such as The Satanic Gases in conjunction with it because, otherwise, you will only be getting one (slightly evangelical) side of the argument.

It is also interesting to note that this book views global warming as a set in STONE fact, rather than the speciously reasoned argument that hard core environmentalists use to halt the progress of the human race.
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