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This review is from: Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning (Paperback)I think that Heat is unnecessarily alarmist. Asking for a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 is simply silly. Monbiot's suggestions about how to go about it are very interesting and are what gives the book its merit. Energy resources are finite and should be conserved; my problem with Heat is that Monbiot has tacked his thesis onto the Global Warming bandwagon but without providing the science. Chapter 1 suggests that we all subscribe to the theory of man made global warming but, since he clearly feels the science to be a 'given', he declines to provide more than a few throwaway remarks. Chapter 2 is given over to 'climate change deniers'. The usual suspects from the Daily Mail and Exxon, but Monbiot does not seem to feel the need to do more than mock their intellectual inadequacies. And I dislike the use of the word 'deniers'; I do not feel that the debate is over about global warming. Monbiot clearly does.
I think it is a shame that the environment lobby today is assumed to go along with the theory of man made global warming - I think it provides distortions and limits legitimate debate; unlike Monbiot I do not prefer nuclear to coal.
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2009 02:37:16 BDT
R. Thompson says:
The science on global warming IS 'a given' - there is no 'debate' - no credible scientist doubts that climate change is happening, and it is happening because we are increasing the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. To dispute this is to be a 'climate change denier'.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2009 01:27:47 BDT
tim 333 says:
well not exactly - the climate has been changing for hundreds of millions of years and many scientists think that it is not proven that the recent changes are mostly caused by humans
Posted on 2 Jun 2009 13:41:34 BDT
Steve Milesworthy says:
Monbiot isn't so much asking for a 90% cut, but answering the question as to whether a 90% cut would be possible without taking us back to the stone age.
Posted on 19 Jun 2009 13:37:36 BDT
M. Thomas says:
"The science on global warming IS 'a given' - there is no 'debate' - no credible scientist doubts that climate change is happening"
I don't think you are living in the real world There is massive disent from the Man-made Global Warming mantra! - Have you seen www.petitionproject.org ?
To date 31,478 American scientists have signed this petition, including 9,029 with PhDs! We haven't even had 'global' warming for the last 10 years LOL :D
Have you seen the film the 'Great Global Warming Swindle' - It's worth a look (you-tube) if you are unaware of the deceit that is propagating this myth!
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2009 16:23:11 BDT
J. Hampton says:
"Monbiot isn't so much asking for a 90% cut"
He is asking for just such a cut. My understanding of his current position is that without it the world is going to end. Or worse, much worse.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2009 16:58:30 GMT
'The Great Global Warming Swindle' shown on Channel4 a while ago is full of mis-information with rotating/moving graphs so you couldn't see the data clearly (probably got some advertising agency in to make it look good); just search the web if you don't believe me.
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