Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past (Macmillan Science) Hardcover – 2 May 2008
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'The book does not disappoint, as we are taken on a meteorological journey through time, discovering the planet has a turbulent, disaster-prone history' - Current World Archaeology
'An entertaining, state-of-the-art overview of key issues in paleoclimatology...Chris Turney's new book is a great addition to a legacy of climate science literature.' - Holocene
'Ice, Mud and Blood has the readability of a novel with the feel of an interesting college lecturer. From the moment you begin to read it, it is hard to put the book down.' - Celsias.com
'Turney writes calmly and clearly about warming, cooling and other enormous climatic events in earth's geological past. He explains why they add to scientific concern about human greenhouse gas emissions, not detract as sceptics contend. A top contribution to the global warming debate.' - Australian
'Chris Turney's Ice, Mud and Blood is lively, well-researched, and up-to-date. A summary of key discoveries by scientists about past climate change, it ranges widely across time and all over the planet. Turney begins many of these stories with delightful anecdotes about people who centuries ago stumbled on confusing observations that in time came to be understood as the result of climate change.' Professor William F. Ruddiman, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, USA and author of Plows, Plagues and Petroleum
'Chris Turney has unveiled a climate crystal ball. It's made of ice, covered in mud, and tells the past and likely future of life on Earth. Join him as he delves expertly into the layered depths of climatic history and exposes the stark warnings to all fossil-fuelled humanity that they hold.' Dr Dave Reay, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK and author of Climate Change Begins at Home
'A great read on a critically important subject. Turney's best book yet.' Tim Flannery, Professor, Earth& Life Science, Macquarie University
'Ice, Mud and Blood is just what the global warming debate needs – a sober but passionate account of past climate change by a leading climate scientist that builds to an uncompromising climax: unnatural climate change is here and it's only going to get worse. With a great eye for a story and a quirky turn of phrase, Turney tells how human history has twisted and turned at the helm of a capricious Nature. All the more frightening then to hear that the environmental challenges we face in the coming decades go beyond anything our species has ever had to contend with. A timely rallying call from someone on the frontline.' Dr Iain Stewart, School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, and presenter and author of the BBC's Earth: Climate Wars
'A sobering and vividly told tale' New Scientist
'Chris Turney is an outstanding young scientist and this book explores the changing climate and the risks facing us today' Devon Life
'It has been an exciting time to be a scientist working in this area, and Chris Turney's book Ice, Mud and Blood conveys that excitement wonderfully.' - Nature
'Written with humour and personal flair, Ice, Mud and Blood is a must-read for anyone concerned about the issues we face as we get closer and closer to the tipping point, when the effects of climate change will be unstoppable. 8/10' - inthenews.co.uk
'Its virtues are the same as his previous book, the careful documentation of exactly how we know what we know, and less dictation of the conclusions…If you want just one book, not too thick or too technical, that will give you the intellectual tools to at least understand what the climate change experts are talking about, this is the one.' - www.scienceblogs.com
Wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding and catastrophic sea level rise all took place in the planet's past – and they might be our future if we don't learn all we can from it.See all Product Description
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It is a book I would very much like to recommend - it is written by an academic in a nice friendly style but I think there are two drawbacks. First he is not very good on his narrative. He tends to meander off, indeed giving a fascinating sidelights into the history of the various topics, but at the end of each chapter I found that too often I said to myself: what exactly have I learned in this chapter?
The second problem is that he tends to pull his punches when it comes to controversies. Climate change is a highly contentious subject and one would very much like to have a book where they are explained. For instance, he mentions Mike Mann's hockey stick theory on page 189 but he gave no indication that this is an incredibly controversial theory that is under attack both by the archaeologists for omitting the mediaeval warm period and I gather by the mathematicians too. Similarly in dealing with the Vostok ice core -- which he explained in a fascinating aside -- he mentions briefly the problem that apparently it shows that the increase in greenhouse gases appears to follow changes in temperature and not to precede them -- but then he doesn't really explain why this evidence should be not be admitted.
I like to recommend this book wholeheartedly and give it five stars, but in the final judgement it is a little disappointing and only really deserves three stars.
Whilst Turney does tend to go off on tangents and sometimes the chapters prove a little inconclusive (as mentioned in other reviews) this both adds interesting narrative to the story and represents a more fair discussion of the topic than is often presented in many other popular science books.
I would strongly recommend this book to readers from a wide range of backgrounds, but perhaps especially to those who feel they want more information on the claims made by science with regards to future climate changes, and those entering higher education from college/school level study.
All in all, a very entertaining book.
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He then trashes the "documentary" (as he put it in quotes) The Great Global Warming Swindle as a "bizarre mixture of half-truths, misinformation and fabrications to argue that changes in the climate seen today are not caused by human activity but are solely the result of the Sun." This is patent nonsense. The movie never stated that it was only the sun but proved that the sun IS the main driver of the climate. The more sunspots, the warmer the climate and the less sunspots, the cooler. We have had a dearth of sunspots the last 2 solar cycles so we are entering a cooling phase. The complications of climate science, a new field, are varied and many, just like the natural causes of the changing climate around the world. No where does this book state that the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere were much higher throughout our history then ever possible now, which allowed plant and human life to flourish.
His basic push of MMGW throughout his book makes all of his so called science suspect. Watch the documentary he trashes if you want the real truth and research it from there. MMGW, started by Al Gore is the most dangerous fraud ever perpetrated on the human race, and the governmental policies resulting in such will bring mankind back down to the level of the stone age.
I'm sorry I ever wasted money on this garbage.
The overall impression the book leaves is that although scientists have found some very clever ways to interpret the past, it's an almost hopelessly complicated endeavor. There are simply too many variables at play at the same time, and the idea that anybody really knows precisely what caused this or that change seems very unlikely.
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