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Publishers WeeklyMichaels (Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don't Want You to Know), a well-known climate change skeptic, has compiled a volume of politically homogeneous articles from economics and climatology professors, policy analysts, Cato Institute staff, and others who share the view that the dangers of climate change are minimal. Declaring that "global warming has taken over our government and our lives," Michaels addresses global warming policies and their potential effects; climate change and developing countries; the impact of a warming climate on human health; and environmental education in public schools. Contributors examine the impacts of global warming on U.S. security, concluding, not surprisingly, that "ill effects of global warming probably would disproportionately fall on poorer, less strategic developing countries..." Marked by a unique perspective of looking at the bright side of global warming ("longer growing seasons and reductions in cold-related injuries and illnesses") Michaels's new effort will interest both skeptics and believers who want to understand both sides of the issue. Although critical readers may come away with more questions than answers, a wealth of data and numerous additional references are included, should more research be desired.
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