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1.0 out of 5 stars bogus science, 11 Jun. 2012
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In his personal quest to frighten us to death, McGuire has penned yet another doomsday book. With its superficial air of science, it presents a quite bogus picture of nature. Disasters of natural origin are a fact of life for those who live next to a volcano, or in an earthquake zone, but neither apply to the UK, so you can relax. So he tries to spin the argument into super-volcanoes, giant landslides, forgetting that they are infrequent on a geological timescale, and infinitesimal on a human time-frame. Not to be out-done, he then spins out the familiar guff about global warming, and tries to tell us that the debate is over: "there is absolutely no doubt that the Earth is warming up". I have news for McGuire: the earth is currently cooling, and none of the disasters predicted by the IPCC and other irresponsible bodies have yet to occur. Eat your words McGuire, and can one expect an apology for your wild prognostications? He even copies the now totally discredited hockey stick curve of Mann, which was made by deliberately manipulating data to eliminate the Medieval Warm period and the little Ice Age. This is fraud on a grand scale, and McGuire sucks it up like a dummy. He should consult the many interesting emails exposed by Climategate. This book is junk science at its worst, and avoided. A much more balanced presentation is given by Ian Plimer in Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science, and also by Carter in Climate: the Counter-consensus (Independent Minds).
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2015 12:18:56 GMT
With regard to so-called Climategate, an editorial in Nature (December 2009) stated:
Stolen e-mails have revealed no scientific conspiracy, but do highlight ways in which climate researchers could be better supported in the face of public scrutiny.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v462/n7273/full/462545a.html#close

A year later, again in Nature:
The official inquiry might have exonerated scientists, but attitude changes are needed for science to ensure it holds the public's trust.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v468/n7322/full/468345a.html

Finally, an Associated Press report via NBC news (December 2009) is headed:
E-mails show pettiness not fraud

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/34392959/ns/us_news-environment/#.VRAARPmsWSo

So sometimes scientists don't behave perfectly but the science is unaffected.
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