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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2012
Henson provides an introduction to climatology which takes the minimum of previous knowledge to comprehend. From that backdrop one can appreciate the tumble of facts, figures and outlines of others' experiments which build out the picture of what is happening on the planet. Henson does not bend over backwards to allow for the case of those who dispute the importance of human activity in global warming but that can be picked up elsewhere.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2011
The book was fantastic, it was well written and easy to read. I found the book very interesting and full of really useful facts.

I used the book as pre reading for the IEMA Associate Members exam and it proved to be beneficial preparation.
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9 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The title of this book is misleading: it should read Global Warming, because this is what the author promotes in an unambiguous fashion. He says it is the biggest issue facing Mankind, but I think there are many more pressing problems (poverty, inequality, economic depression, war and terrorism, for example). He follows the dubious advice of the various IPCC reports, but is honest enough to admit their well-known failings. Most serious of all, it is the computer models of world climate which have been criticized for their inbuilt bias and neglect of the very large effects of water vapour and aerosols (or clouds). It is these models which are at the very heart of the poor science used by Henson and the IPCC and others to justify absurd and regressive carbon taxes which will affect energy prices if they are allowed to proceed unchecked. The same or similar computer models are used for weather forecasting and we all know how unreliable they can be. Moreover, misuse of computer models lie at the heart of the ongoing financial crisis for their abuse in derivatives trading and elsewhere in the economy. The Chinese revolution is based on cheap coal, and the warmists allege that C02 is the culprit in warming the planet. The theory is quite unproven and based on a string of unverified assumptions, such as the alleged long residence time of about 100 years of the gas in the atmosphere, and the rates of production of the gas from natural and artificial sources. Other climatologists (Carter for example) argue a much shorter residence time, as one might expect since the gas is very water soluble and washed from the air very quickly. It is a greenhouse gas but much less important than water vapour, as any infra-red spectrum of air shows. On flimsy evidence, the warmists propose a drastic reduction in fossil fuel usage using carbon taxes as the preferred mechanism, despite the fact that there is no worldwide agreement. The largest countries are against it, including his own country the USA as well as most developing countries. Instead he suggest renewable energy, but they are very expensive and produce very costly power. Thus wind power is so costly that it needs vast subsidies to survive at all and is dependent on the wind blowing at specific speeds. The reader should seek help eslewhere such as in the books by Plimer in Heaven And Earth: Global Warming - The Missing Science and Carter in Climate: the Counter-consensus (Independent Minds) if he or she wants a balanced view of climate change.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2012
As soon as you read the word IPCC in a book you have to take a step back and read from a whole new perspective.... This book is well put together but its just a science lesson(s) plus a collection of thoughts about "climate change" referencing many assumptions, some of which are becoming increasingly dubious. There is no way to link weather events to climate change and the reason is very very simple. If you look at historical minimum and maximum temperature records over 200 years and look at the the current rate of records being broken, there is simply no trend. Or to put it another way, there is no evidence whatsoever that current/recent weather events are anything other than random. This is hinted to in the book but from a loaded start point. Further more where is this "guide" does it mention things like a dramatic drop in cape verde Hurricanes in the last 6 years is the direct opposite of what was predicted !?!? there are many many examples of a drop in severe weather events recently but yet this is never cited as evidence of anything so why does a random European heatwave feature in this "guide" !? Finally the title is really odd,, we clearly as a species know next to nothing about this pseudo science yet we get to read this "guide". Bravo for the attempt but if it was called "The Rough Guide to Climate" and was researched deeper without references to "assumed" qualified sources then it would be a 5 star. Why have I given this 3 stars ? beacause if you read it without knowing much about climate you will learn a great deal. Oh and before the Disciples of Mann tear into this review with comments, I am not a huge skeptic, I suspect we are influencing the balance but I do not think the research thus far is credible for an absolute standpoint. Reducing CO2 for me is an urgent necessity but for resources reasons, not climate.
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