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.
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.
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.