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on 10 August 2010
I have read several books on the subject of global warming (now rechristened climate change in order to cover all eventualities) and this is the best. An excellent book written by someone well qualified but it is easily understood by a layman.
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on 2 October 2010
I've just finished reading Prof Bob Carter's "Climate: the Counter Consensus".

It's nice sometimes to drag yourself away from the allure of message board climate controversies and just read at leisure a broad brush approach to the argument over Anthropogenic Global Warming to remind yourself what the bones of contention really are between climate alarmists and the sceptics.

Prof Carter's latest is an easy but thorough read which covers all the main ground in the climate debate:

* The geological context sets the scene for the timescale on which we need to understand climate change - instead of the derisory 30 years allocated by the IPCC to the concept of "climate" as opposed to "weather".
* The present is portrayed in the context of the Holocene - we are actually at the cooling end of it as revealed by ice-core data.
* The virtual reality world of computer programmers who build the GCMs that have replaced REAL natural observational stuff as supposed 'evidence' in the climate debate.
* The media who have willingly dumbed down the climate message to an already scientifically illiterate Western public because alarmism sells papers and advertising just as much as it fuels the demand for ever more public research - a vicious, anti-scientific circle.
* The contradictions between the data produced by balloons and satellites as opposed to surface stations.
* Glaciations, sunspots, ice-cores and cosmic radiation.
* The debinking of the myth of sea-level rise and ocean acidification
* The unknowns of the carbon sinks and sources, the contradictory isotope evidence and the all-important residence time of CO2 in the atmosphere.
* The "Noble Cause" corruption of those politicos and "Team" members like Hansen, Mann and the CRU crew who KNOW they have the right answer and are willing to tweak the findings to spell out the "Truth" to the masses.
* The neglect of the ever-present real natural climate catastrophes actually claiming millions of lives in favour of the ersatz CO2-induced variety dreamed up by the fabulously wealthy green NGOs and politicos who dispense lavish tax-payer funded grants to "friendly" scientists who have forgotten the meaning of their calling.
* The unholy cost of the faux "Precautionary Principle".

That about covers Prof Carter's outline of the Climate debate. Read it and get yourself a grounding in or just refresh your understanding of the matters that have so needlessly and so expensively preoccupied the world of climatology for so long.
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on 23 September 2010
I think that this book is a very good read for anyone who needs to cut through the politics of this issue. It is a thoughtful and scholarly work of science. It is informative, educational and devoid of the usual spin. A must read for anyone interested in the science of climate change.THANK YOU! Prof Carter.

PS: Lots of references for you to follow. A five star read.
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on 30 June 2010
What an excellent book; clear and concise in every way. All of the various tricky subjects were covered and all reasonable questions asked and answered
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on 13 February 2013
An excellent coverage of the reasons why "global warming" now referred to as climate change as there has not been any warming since the end of the 90s may have next to nothing to do with CO2.
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on 26 December 2010
Bob Carter's book provides an excellent summary of the science that supports the sceptical position on the global warming debate. Bob Carter make it clear that the science behind the arguments for man-made global warming is highly dubious at best, and that self interest has driven the alarmist climate claims. Carter cites what seem to be authoritative scientific sources for his arguments, and if he is correct then the claims of human causes for global warming up until 1998 (the world has cooled slightly since then) are hopelessly wrong. Carter uses calm logic, not extravagant claims, so this book is definitely worth a read.
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on 19 July 2010
The auther is very thourough and balanced.
He gives a good review of the current state of knowledge on climate science and
the uncertainity of the facts, He makes a good point that climate has always
changed and will continue to change. The book is very complete; even giving
good coverage of the politics of climate change. Interestingly it used to be called
global warming!
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on 1 August 2010
This book puts the realist case very well. Warmism is just a political weapon to insure that the ruling class can tax us and exercise power over us. That's why they're trying to scare the living daylights out of us.
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on 19 December 2012
As the months and years tick by, its becoming more clear that alarmist statements and predictions on climate were not only wrong, but based on science that was assuming too much. This book will help explain to the fence-sitter the facts and views of the skeptics and will leave all but the Alarmist-religious convinced that the debate is not settled. For those who like scientific debate and food-for-thought then this is an enjoyable compilation of challenges and its written with enough detail but with clarity for most people with a basic scientific education to enjoy.... Essex and McKitrick's quote ( starting on page 27 ) is a fantastic mini-essay to summarise why there is a gravy train and why we should be wary.... Recommended.....
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on 3 May 2011
A comprehensive review of the whole subject of alleged AGW (anthropogenic global warming) and its offshoot in the form of carbon tax and trading policies. The book details all the fallacies in the "settled" climate science and the staggering revelations arising from the Climategate scandal. Every point made is backed up by the catalog of sources and references. In my opinion this book is the best so far in demonstrating that AGW and carbon trading are the greatest scam yet perpetrated on the human race.
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