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4.0 out of 5 stars climate changes, and..., 20 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism (Paperback)
Climate, as even climate alarmists agree, changes all the time. It changes locally. Creatures die individually, extinctions happen when all the creatures die or when all the climate changes.
This book follows some famous extinctions or population declines and goes through the science and the way in which it is presented to us plebs. It's not a pretty picture.
Jim Steele, now retired as a conservation academic, shows through examples the way that publicly funded researchers have systematically hacked the climate debate to push a CO2 culprit. But according to Steele, the cause of die-offs are various: a virus for frogs, El Nino for droughts, and so forth. Some claims by environmentalists are simply not true: emperor penguins and polar bears are at population maximum. The major cause is decades long variation of ocean currents or sunspots.
The chapter and verse in this book is hair raising. How so called scientists can fix the data, ignore conflicting evidence, collude to exclude counter arguments, all the while collecting public money is a scandal. There are plenty of "peer reviewed" journals (no doubt the UFOTimes is also peer reviewed by other nutters) but to find prestige outfits like Science and Nature doing it too is sobering.
The debate has become excessively polarised and politicised. Who is responsible? Not Big Oil, but Big Science, which is driving itself into a cul-de-sac in defence of a hypothesis which doesn't fit the facts.
Alas, this book will be read more by sceptics to confirm their views than by warmists who wish to challenge their own views. And as it seems to be a print-on-demand product the graphics are sort of out of focus. But despite the high detail of how warmist science changes its spots to fix the data from one academic paper to the next, it's an easy and enlightening, and alarming read.
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