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2.0 out of 5 stars Just another rant., 21 May 2008
This review is from: Six Degrees: Our Future On A Hotter Planet (Paperback)
Both sides of the dabate are cherry picking facts in order to further their point of view. Lynas would not have a career if it wasn't for global warming. I had difficulty in finishing the book. It is more about idealism than realism and is the sum total of one persons interpretation of the science to date. Yes we should be concerned about climate change especially as humans are almost certainly having an adverse effect. But climate has always changed to a degree. We live in a dynamic world. What about the Medieval warm period which many choose to ignore? What will we do if we solve the warming problem and create another ice age? Lynas, Monbiot, Flannery et al make it sound so easy to cure. I do think these guys actually think we can control the Earth's climate! We can't even forecast the weather accurately beyond the next few days. For some real totally unbiased evaluation of the data which in itself is uncomforable reading buy "Plows Plagues and Petroleum" by Bill Ruddiman.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2009, 16:34:28 BST
Mr David L Wiile is correct about previous temperature change in medieval times. There were some hot and some cold periods, due it would appear to other factors than human activity. The problem we face now however, and the temperature changes we are experiencing, can be correlated with the onsett and growth of human economic activity. Of course a correlation in itself does not prove a causitive relationship but it is hard to escape the fact that a relationship between human economic activity and increase temperature appears to be highly likely. We know that emmissions of carbon dioxide and other so called 'greenhouse gases' associated with humankinds economic activity has played some part in the increase in temperature.It is a matter of judgement as to how great a part. It is inescapable that drastic changes are taking place in the climate of our planet which could have dire consequences for humankinds future. We would be foolish to ignore this fact or to disregard the distinct possibility that our activity has a bearing on the changes taking place. To what degree we need to modify our behaviour is open to debate but we would be ostrich like in the extreme not to attempt to confront the danger we face and to consider how changes in human activity might ameliorate the changes in climate which are undoubtedly taking place. The longer we let the matter go unconsidered the more drastic the remedy which will be forced upon us. A.Murphy.
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