Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming

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Overview

Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming should be required reading for any serious student of the issue of climate change. Edited and introduced by iconoclastic climatologist Patrick J. Michaels, Shattered Consensus demonstrates the remarkable disparities between so-called consensus documents on global warming, such as the reports of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and climate reality. Shattered Consensus consists of nine expert essays on global warming, covering the earth's temperature history and disparities between what has been predicted about climate change and what has actually been observed. The reader will discover substantial disconnections and new information not generally discussed in mainstream reports about climate science. For example, the oft-quoted statement that recent years are the warmest of the last millennium is now in serious doubt. Temperature changes observed through the atmosphere (not just at the surface) are clearly different than what has been projected to occur. Disparities between observed precipitation and the simulations of computer models can be several hundred percent. Shattered Consensus will surely shatter commonly-held opinions about global warming and leave the reader with serious questions about whether or not policies to 'fight' climate change are warranted at all.
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Editorial Reviews

Science Daily
Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming convincingly demonstrates the remarkable differences between what we commonly read about global warming and what is really happening. ... Anyone who reads this book will come away with a new appreciation of the complexity of the climate issue and will question the need for expensive policies that are likely to have little or no detectable effect on the planet's temperature.
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Eleven essayists skillfully contradict and disassemble many false assumptions within the science of global warming as well as methodology used to warn world governments of catastrophic futures. Recommended.
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Eleven essayists skillfully contradict and disassemble many false assumptions within the science of global warming as well as methodology used to warn world governments of catastrophic futures. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549234
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,174,460
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick J. Michaels is research professor of environmental sciences at University of Virginia, state climatologist for Virginia, and senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. His Bachelor's and Master's degrees are in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, and he was awarded a PhD in Ecological Climatology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979. Dr. Michaels is past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Michaels is author of four books and hundreds of technical and popular articles on climate and its impact on ecosystems and economies. In 1994 he was awarded the American Library Associations 'best government publications worldwide' citation, and was an author of the 2003 'Paper of the Year' in climate science awarded by the Association of American Geographers.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: False Impressions: Misleading Statements, Glaring Omissions, and Erroneous Conclusions in the IPCC's Summary for Policymakers, 2001 Chapter 2 The Mann et al. Northern Hemisphere "Hockey Stick" Climate Index: A Tale of Due Diligence Chapter 3 Observational Surface Temperature Records versus Model Predictions Chapter 4 Temperature Changes In the Bulk Atmosphere: Beyond the IPCC Chapter 5 Severe Weather, Natural Disasters and Global Change Chapter 6 Precipitation and the "Enhanced" Hydrologic Cycle Chapter 7 Predictive Skill of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and Related Atmospheric Teleconnections Chapter 8 Climate Change and Human Health Chapter 9 The Impact of Solar Variability on the Earth's Climate Chapter 10 Limitations of Computer Predictions of the Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Global Climate
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