Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don't Want You to Know

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Is the weather truly getting worse? When it comes to global warming, dire predictions seem to be all we see or hear. Climatologists Patrick Michaels and Robert Balling Jr. explain why the news and information we receive about global warming have become so apocalyptic. The science itself has become increasingly biased, with warnings of extreme consequences from global warming becoming the norm. That bias is then communicated through the media, who focus on only extreme predictions. The authors compellingly illuminate the other side of the story, the science we aren't being told. This body of work details how the impact of global warming is far less severe than is generally believed and far from catastrophic.

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Editorial Reviews

This book's title refers to the current scientific environment, which Michaels and Balling view as biased toward alarmism with respect to climate change issues. The authors recognize that anthropogenic global warming is a reality, but criticize mainstream climate science through a review of peer-reviewed literature
This book's title refers to the current scientific environment, which Michaels and Balling view as biased toward alarmism with respect to climate change issues. The authors recognize that anthropogenic global warming is a reality, but criticize mainstream climate science through a review of peer-reviewed literature
Will Harper
In Climate of Extremes, two distinguished climatologists analyze the media's message about various alleged doomsday scenarios resulting from global warming-with particular attention to observational data. In each case, they demonstrate that potentially negative effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been exaggerated or even fabricated, whereas any positive effects have been ignored. An informed citizenry is essential for wise national decisions in a democracy. Climate of Extremes provides important and honest information about climate change that is hard to find elsewhere.
Roy W. Spencer
Michaels and Balling have provided a treasure trove of the latest global warming science that you won't hear about through the media and reveal the absurdity of the claim that the science of man-made global warming is settled.
Benny Peiser
You don't have to be a skeptic to be curious about how solid the alleged global warming consensus really is. This book will open your eyes, if you are open to evidence and arguments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933995236
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 1/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,474,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword A climate of extremes 1

1 A global warming science primer 11

2 Our changing climate history 39

3 Hurricane warning! 67

4 Sea-level rise and the great unfreezing world 99

5 Extreme climate : floods, fires, and droughts 147

6 Climate of death and the death of our climate 175

7 Pervasive bias and climate extremism 195

8 Balancing act : a modest proposal 221

References and selected readings 229

Index 243

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    A thoughtful look at climate change

    Many people take on faith the idea that global warming is entirely caused by humankind. This book claims that this is only partially true and asserts that, in fact, that there is much evidence that the treat is highly overblown. The authors show many examples of how the greenhouse gas theory of warming does not accurately describe what it claims. For example, greenhouse gas models of climate warming predict that atmosphere temperatures should rise before surface temperature, but the opposite is true and by quite a great margin. The greenhouse gas models also don't explain why Antarctica is cooling. The book covers many other important flaws in the greenhouse gas methodology as well.<BR/> Also ignored in global warming scare scenarios is archeological evidence that forests in Siberia grew to the Arctic Ocean from 8,000 B.P. to 3,500 B.P. This means the Earth was 4 to 12 degrees F. warmer than it is now for more than four thousand years, Despite this long warm period, the Greenland icecap (or the Iceland ice cores which confirm this theory) were not melted or destroyed. This fact is an inconvenient truth for the Al Gore flooded coastline scare.<BR/> The authors relate how unbalanced and vicious the global warming issue is conducted. One of the authors (Michaels) recently lost his job of the last thirty years as climatologist for the state of Virginia because the governor demanded he recant his views. But he didn't. Instead he and Bolling wrote this very excellent, very timely, very needed book.<BR/><BR/> If you want a sane and informed view of climate change, read this book.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Give this one a miss

    Climate of Extremes is the latest contribution by Patrick J. Michaels to his series of books that take pot shots at "mainstream" global climate change science. The authors' stated purpose is to debunk the supposed hype over global warming in favor of a tempered response that stresses adaptation rather than panicked, forced economic shutdown. A not-so-underlying theme of the book is implied by the subtitle (which is mimicked in Roger Pielke Jr.'s 2010 book) - namely, that "they" conspire to subvert valid global climate science that would undermine the basic thesis of global warming. Patrick Michaels is a former University of Virginia professor and (maybe) Virginia State Climatologist. He is currently a fellow at the Cato Institute. His co-author in this volume, Balling, is a professor at Arizona State. Michaels is generally accepted as one of the chief global warming skeptics, if not among the "deniers". Like others, Michaels takes exception to the use of the term "denier" rather than skeptic when referring to those who question any global warming "consensus". However, granting that the press sometimes crosses the bounds of propriety when using the terms "skeptic" vs. "denier", I see no reason to demonize the use of the term "denier" for those (not Michaels) who do not accept the factual, historical record of atmospheric greenhouse gases or the reality of temperature increase over the past two centuries. The first chapter of the text is titled "A Global Warming Science Primer". The authors note that the climate-change-knowledgeable reader may skip this chapter. Indeed, yes - it contains very little on the fundamentals of global climate science. What the chapter should have been titled - namely, "What's Wrong with the Current Global Warming "Consensus"" - would have given the reader a better clue to the theme that mars the entire book. Namely, the authors pose some exaggerated global-climate claim made in the media or by a politician and proceed to counter it with data derived from articles in the (for the most part) peer-reviewed literature that counters that claim. This debating-style mechanism not only undermines the integrity of the subsequent chapters, but utterly destroys the point made in the sub-title. It is clear from the discussions throughout the text, that there is, in fact, a substantial volume of peer-reviewed literature that could be viewed as challenging or, at least, questioning the climate-change "consensus". "They" don't seem to be doing a very good job at keeping you from knowing the other side of the story. Except for a sometimes-interesting discussion of the temperature record in Chapter 2, the rest of the book is flawed by the straw-man approach established in Chapter 1. Michaels and Balling should be given some credit that in the last two Chapters of Climate of Extremes they announce an attempt to address bias in science review. Their viewpoint is, however, again, flawed by the "straw-man" approach. What would have been much more interesting is a knowledgeable, unbiased review of the impact of "traditional" science-review process on the progress of science. The bias in science literature review is towards reports that prove any hypothesis and against research with null results. That is not the same as a conspiracy. Richard R. Pardi, Environment

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