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FROZEN EARTH - Overcooked views?
on 31 August 2012
I've just finished reading FROZEN BRITAIN and although it's shocking and worrying on the one hand, one has to take a deep breath and think through what lies in opposition to this. As others have pointed out, there are errors of analysis in the book, such as temperatures. In addition, I have noticed that the author feels the need to REPEAT, REPEAT AND REPEAT the same "facts" or predictions over and over and over (see where this is going) and over again, often on the same two page spread! We are not STUPID! If a point is valid, make it once, or at best twice in a relevant context. Frankly I got the feeling he was filling up space. This feeling was reinforced by his inclusion of a large section of an interview with a scientist. Furthermore, on the point of filling space, I notice that a blank page separates the chapters of this already short book, padded it out still further. Then, as you'd expect, there's a bibliography which neatly fills up a few more pages but.......NOWHERE can I find ANY reviews of THIS book! Usually with such non-fiction the back cover has a few glowing reviews of the book - but Mr Cooke doesn't have a single one. A quick Google search reveals newspaper reviews of this book in the Daily Express and Daily Mail, which are WORD-FOR-WORD extracts from the book, rather than actual reviews, which I find suspicious to say the least.
As other reviewers point out, this book warns (you guessed it) AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.....(AND AGAIN...) of the coming MASS MIGRATIONS "to the north and west" of people's who lands to the south become unusable due to climate change. We're warned of the complete breakdown of society as we know it and we're told we'll be governed by extreme right-wing regimes in the near future.
Nowhere in this book can I find any mention of people's common decency, respect for law and order, international co-operation or genuine, well-meaning politicians (who do exist, honestly!). It's all completely loaded to the negative end of the spectrum, thus representing not just a "worst case" scenario, but a nightmare in the truest sense. One wonders if the author lies awake at night worrying about all he has said, or whether the profits from the book are a comforting consolation. One can only speculate. Meanwhile the reader can choose either to panic and run for the hills (but in which direction?!) or to calmly put this book up for comparison with other works on the subject of climate change, some of which are alarming but not necessarily ALARMIST. Few people wish to ignore the dangers of climate change anymore, but hysterical scaremongering does not seem the way to enlist support for these views, rather to alienate readers against them.