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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; Paperback edition (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704373394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704373396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
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'Like most of those on both sides of the debate, Rupert Darwall is not a scientist. He is a wonderfully lucid historian of intellectual and political movements, which is just the job to explain what has been inflicted on us over the past thirty years or so in the name of saving the planet ... Scientists, Rupert Darwall complains, have been too ready to embrace the "subjectivity" of the future, and too often have a "cultural aversion to learning from the past". If they read this tremendous book they will see those lessons set out with painful clarity' --Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

'A superb and compelling book' --Mail on Sunday

'This is a brilliant piece of work that every climate change negotiator should have in his front pocket' --Jon Snow

'A great achievement ... Rupert Darwall has written a compelling and balanced account of a story that needs to be told' --Nigel Lawson

'A total masterpiece' --James Delingpole

'Gripping ... Darwall's book has been widely praised as a welcome addition to our understanding of this extraordinary story, which as he says reflects a historic shift in the global balance of power between the West and those fast-rising nations to the east led by China and India' --Spectator

'Rupert Darwall has told a story of frauds and fools thoroughly and well. His truth may be inconvenient for some. For the rest of us, it is a breath of fresh air' --The American Spectator

About the Author

Rupert Darwall is a writer and corporate strategist. He read economics and history at Cambridge, after which he worked at the Conservative Research Department and then in the City as an investment analyst and in corporate finance. He has written for leading publications in the UK and the US and for London-based think tanks.


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Excellent book that put the alarmism about global warming into perspective.
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The author begins by covering the history of those who confidently make pessimistic predictions about the future, usually by assuming man is incapable of technological improvement or adaption from that point on. They then go on to get it spectacularly wrong.

The modern environmental movement holds in great reverence certain individuals, such as Paul Ehrlich. He wrote books endlessly predicting chaos caused by an increasing human population, and in them he made very specific predictions - none of which came true.
From these influences various non-elected groups were formed such as `The Club of Rome' and portentously made great pronouncements about too much economic development, too much growth, too many people etc. These anti-human beliefs chimed with the post mid-1980's Environmental movement, and they waited ... until there was thought to be enough science around to demonize CO2 and Man made Global Warming was born.
After spreading belief in this `new age' religion in the guise of science to the highest government levels; the attempts to control CO2 world-wide have been one laughable failure after another. At the end the computer model predictions of warming ( solid science ) have not come true and the rest of us are left wondering what the hell has been going on.

The author finishes the book with a very good warning, that even with the collapse of man-made warming/climate change ideology, the `types' who support this sort of thing will be back with another scare - scientifically based, of course - that blames wicked mankind for some sort of imagined catastrophe, and demanding unquestioning obedience and money from the rest of us.
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There are many good books already published that explain the real science behind climate change - Robert Carter's "Climate: The Counter-Consensus" being perhaps the best I've read. Rupert Darwall's book is different in that it focuses on the philosophical and political history of Global Warming. In order to do so, it necessarily spends its first third discussing the evolution of environmental thinking over the last 500 years or so, describing the development of the modern environmental movement in detail - this can be a little dry at times, so bear with it. When 1988 is reached and James Hansen ignites the real birth of the Global Warming scare, the book picks up pace, culminating in a riveting description of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen conference.

Darwall's writing throughout is erudite and academic and supported by countless references. Rather than re-hashing the science to create another Climate Change pot-boiler, he's made an important addition to the literature and written an accessible and entertaining book. He also takes a balanced and dispassionate view of his subject, lending his ultimate conclusions much greater weight than if he had taken a more partisan position through the body of the book.

Like many, over the last few years I have undergone a complete reversal of my views on Global Warming. Up until 2009, I believed the hype and had been thinking about the future - mine and my children's - in a negative, fatalistic way. The political and media message about impending climate disaster had so convinced me that I envisioned the next generation contending with inundated coastal cities, food shortages and wars. Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth depressed me so much that I couldn't bear to finish watching it.
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By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2013
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This book demolishes the claim that our planet is threatened by global warming. It is beautifully written and witty.
Some 4 years ago Christopher Booker began the demolition process in his excellent book:'The Real Global Warming'.He exposed bogus computer models that were used by the likes of Al Gore and others to 'prove' we were facing disaster. He quoted the first IPCC Chairman, Sir John Houghton admitting that:'Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen'.Booker showed how, contrary to all expert predictions, global temperatures had not continued to rise, instead they had flattened out or even fallen. Furthermore, he exposed the fact that the IPCC's brief was not to objectively weigh the evidence, it was to begin by assuming climate change as proven, and then go on to promote and inspire the political response to a threat which had never been proved! He demonstrated that the cost of the measures being suggested in order to combat the 'threat' would be 'astronomic'.

In this new book by Rupert Darwell the author supports Booker's thesis with superb arguments and facts. He shows how an increasing number of leading scientists are admitting that earlier forecasts of global catastrophe were exaggerated.
Darwell exposes the dubious claims of the green movement, in particular the meaningless idea of 'sustainable development'. He describes computer predictions as a prime example of Popper's famous term:'pseudo-science' or Marx's historical materialism. He explains why this is. It is because the claims predicted cannot be proven or falsified by scientific experiment or evidence.

Few politicians and well-known scientists emerge with credit from Darwell's analysis. Both were, and still are, guilty of mutually reinforcing an evangelical debate.
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