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4.0 out of 5 stars The" Null Hypothesis" - that such climate change that is occurring is natural and not man-made - "Remains Unfalsified"
I can't think of when I last read a book that started with an introductory essay by the publisher to explain why he had persuaded - reading between the lines, brow beaten? - the author into accepting a title for his book that he not only didn't like but with which he may positively have disagreed But that's how this one starts - and Bob Carter goes on in the book,...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Independent?
Having been interested in the subject of climate change for some time now, and relatively well acquainted with the controversies surrounding the claims that it either occurs at all or is caused by human action, which invariably turn out to be unwarranted, I searched for a book that would give me an objective, unbiased overview of the problem. When I came across this book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A careful analysis by a scholar, 25 Jan 2014
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John Hardy (Redditch, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a very interesting contribution to the debate. Although the author regards the current hype surrounding anthropogenic climate change as nonsense (and provides considerable evidence to support his view), he also makes the excellent point that it is obscuring an effective response to natural climate change
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Common Sense on Climate and Long Overdue, 29 Nov 2013
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This should be required reading of the scientifically innocent politicians who have embarked on a vastly expensive and doomed to failure attempt to affect the climate, Robert Carter IS a genuine climate scientist unlike the politically inspired members of the IPCC whose major interest is in the billions they can attract from the gullible public by ramping up the idea that we are all doomed unless immediate and drastic action is taken. With very detailed explanations Robert Carter demolishes many of the ideas currently in circulation about the evils of CO2 and its role in global temperature, the rise in sea level, the acidification of the oceans and other unfounded scares. He deals comprehensively with the past history of extreme weather events, the existence of the Medieval Warm period and the Little Ice Age and explains that climate has many forcing agents that have nothing to do with AGW. The only problem is that our current leaders have been hooked on the fiction propagated by the IPCC and are unlikely to educate themselves on the real climate problem which is more likely to be a long cooling period much more difficult to manage than the hypothetical warming that they fret over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good information, 19 Mar 2013
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supports my already held views with evidence and argument. Would like to know how the case can be broadcast globally against the well funded and politically 'acceptable' false view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly convincing and well written. Interesting book., 19 Dec 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information written for the layman, 22 Aug 2011
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R. D. Webster (Andover, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
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"Climate: The Counter Consensus" is a comprehensive investigation of every significant aspect the unsubstantiated theory that human use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) are causing significant climate warming by introducing additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carter puts the issue in its proper context by revealing Earth's historic climate record locked in its geological past. Climate reconstruction over the past 600 million years reveals that neither levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide nor global climate are the least bit unusual. In fact, atmospheric carbon dioxide is VERY LOW when viewed against the geologic evidence. It is also made clear that climate change is the rule, not the exception, and that changes of far greater magnitude are to be expected without any help from humanity.

Carter exposes the weaknesses of climate modeling when the science is highly complex and not well understood. He also deals with the false claims of ocean sea level rise (not happening) and ocean "acidification" (oceans are alkaline and modest changes in ocean pH are normal).

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the topic, but particularly for those who may have seen Al Gore's film and been taken in by its deliberate misrepresentation of historical climate and the forces that influence climate change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last the truth, 14 Mar 2011
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Bob Carter's professional and forensic treatment of the climate change debacle is thoughtful, expert and reassuring. He redresses the balance on a subject that has too long been made one-sided by big business and special interest groups.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politicians Please Note, 13 Oct 2011
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The author presents a very readable and persuading argument to counter against human - assisted global warming. His geological and palaeoclimatological background make him well qualified to write this book, which is very pertinent to the New Zealand and Australian scene as well as the rest of the world. His view that science is not about consensus and consensus is not science is well illustrated in the context of global warming (or current lack of). The book is far from being and exercise in negativity and presents a "Plan B" to mitigate the effects of natural climate change at a local and regional scale (but not global), which may of course be influenced by local man-made phenomena. I recommend this book to a wide audience including lay people, scientists and politicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth will out, 18 May 2012
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A book which reads well and recounts the facts is a pleasure for any reader, and this book by Robert Carter succeeds admirably. He questions the entire basis of the IPCC reports, which in n2007 predicted the imminent demise of life as we know it. As Carter eloquently records, the world has been cooling rather than warming for the last decade, and none of the dire predictions of the IPCC have come to pass. The worst floods of recent years in terms of drownings have been the terrible tsunamis in Asia, none of which can possible be linked to CO2 emissions. The gas is in fact a very mild GHG, being surpassed by water vapour and clouds can also contribute to surface warming, but can also produce cooling by reflecting sunlight form the earth. It is also questionable whether the known increase in CO2 concentration has been caused by coal burning in power stations since there are many natural sources of the gas, such as volcanoes and the oceans if they warm. He rightly ridicules the alleged scientific consensus because a growing number of climatologists and other physical scientists dissent from the IPCC conclusions. This book is a wake-up call for the world to further reject carbon taxes and other iniquitous ways of restricting economic growth, now sorely needed after the banking crises and the current currency crisis in the EU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars frolly, 20 Jan 2012
Excellent, informed book on how CO2 emissions are not really a problem and the whole thing has been totally exaggerated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When climate science is a dirty word, call in a geologist....., 3 May 2012
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Professor Bob Carter, the author of this book, is a fairly robust Australian who has no problems calling his own Prime Minister an idiot. Given that, you will not be surprised to hear that he pulls no punches when dissecting the smorgasbord of lies, half-truths, mis-directions and snake-oil salesmen pitches which have succeeded in pulling in billions of dollars of research grants to 'south sea bubble' scaremongers peddling carbon dioxide as the greatest threat to mankind since the Black Death.

Carter, as a geologist, takes rather longer to reach climax than the emotional 16 year olds for whom 30 years is more than enough time to experience premature ejaculation when presented with dangerous changes in temperature of rather less than one degree Celsius. He is more amenable to the concept that temperature fluctuations of two to three degrees is entirely normal within the history of the earth, that rates of change of temperature of 15 degrees per century have, in fact, taken place between interglacial warm periods and the rather more normal ice ages. And finally, he is of the considered opinion that spending hundreds of billions of dollars de-industrialising is hardly likely to provide cheap sanitation, water and power to the world's poorest people.

This is not a book for disciples of George Monbiot, James Hansen or Michael Mann. Those people would no doubt engage in a book-burning ceremony as practiced by the enlightened Christians of the 14th century.

It is a book for those who want to be challenged intellectually and to approach the understanding of climate science, its complexities and current unknowns, through evaluation of evidence.

It is not the sole source of such wisdom for such folks, since no-one can develop wisdom of a subject relying totally on one person.

I would, however, strongly recommend the people of Australia to ask Professor Carter to stand as a protest candidate against Julia Gillard at the next election, lampooning her climate religion nonsense and showing the world that, despite all the campaigns of feminists and other self-righteous wimmins wonky tonks, that idiocy is to be found with 22XX as well as 22XY chromosomal content........
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