CLIMATE CATASTROPHE! Science or Science Fiction?

CLIMATE CATASTROPHE! Science or Science Fiction?

by Andy May

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ISBN-13: 9781642554427
Publisher: American Freedom Publications LLC
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Andy May is a writer, blogger and author living in The Woodlands, Texas. He enjoys golf and traveling in his spare time. He is also an editor for the popular climate change blog Wattsupwiththat.com, where he has published numerous posts and is the author or co-author of seven peer-reviewed papers on various geological, engineering and petrophysical topics. He has also written about computers and computer software.

He retired from a 42-year career in petrophysics in 2016. Most of his petrophysical work was for several oil and gas companies worldwide. He has worked in exploring, appraising and developing oil and gas fields in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, China, the U.K. North Sea, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Russia. He helped discover and appraise several large fields including Block 0436 offshore of China; Gryphon Field in the UK North Sea; Nansen and Boomvang in the Gulf of Mexico; and Natuna D-Alpha in Indonesia.
Late in his career, he worked on unconventional shale oil and gas petrophysics and developed many unique techniques for evaluating these difficult reservoirs. In cooperation with Professor Mike Lovell (University of Leicester in the U.K.) he developed a one-week course in shale reservoir petrophysics. Andy has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 1

DO HUMANS HARM THE ENVIRONMENT? 1

CAN GLOBAL WARMING DESTROY THE EARTH? 2

THE OCEANS ARE KEY 3

ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROSPERITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT 6

DISEASE AND HEALTH 8

LIFE EXPECTANCY 16

IS THE ENVIRONMENT DETERIORATING? 22

PROSPERITY 22

CHAPTER 1 CONCLUSIONS 25

CHAPTER 1 SUMMARY 29

CHAPTER 2 31

POPULATION GROWTH AND THE FOOD SUPPLY 31

POPULATION GROWTH 32

THE EFFECT OF CO2 AND GLOBAL WARMING ON OUR FOOD SUPPLY 38

MALNOURISHED CHILDREN, WAR AND CLIMATE CHANGE 40

FOOD PRODUCTION 43

CHAPTER 2 CONCLUSIONS 55

CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 56

CHAPTER 3 59

THE COST OF GLOBAL WARMING 59

WHAT IS THE ACTUAL COST OF GLOBAL WARMING? 60

MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION 63

THE TIME VALUE OF MONEY AND THE DISCOUNT RATE 64

THE COST OF REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS 67

THE PARIS AGREEMENT 68

COSTS VERSUS BENEFITS 72

CHAPTER 3 CONCLUSIONS 76

CHAPTER 3 SUMMARY 79

CHAPTER 4 81

GLOBAL TEMPERATURES IN THE HOLOCENE 81

HOLOCENE CLIMATIC OVERVIEW 83

OCEAN TEMPERATURES AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE 84

GREENLAND ICE CORES 91

GREENLAND VERSUS THE REST OF THE WORLD 94

EXAMINING THE MARCOTT, ET AL. PROXIES 97

PROXY SELECTION 100

SUMMARY OF THE RECONSTRUCTIONS 110

ANTARCTIC (90S TO 60S) 110

MID-LATITUDE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 112

TROPICS 114

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE MID-LATITUDES 118

THE ARCTIC 120

THE GLOBAL RECONSTRUCTION 123

A WORD ABOUT ERROR 127

CHAPTER 4 CONCLUSIONS 129

CHAPTER 4 SUMMARY 132

CHAPTER 5 135

EXTINCTIONS AND THE GULF STREAM 135

GLOBAL WARMING IS CAUSING A “GREAT EXTINCTION” EVENT 135

THE “GREAT” QUATERNARY MEGAFAUNA EXTINCTION 142

POLAR BEARS 149

GLOBAL WARMING WILL SHUT DOWN THE GULF STREAM AND CAUSE A MINI-ICE AGE. 152

CHAPTER 5 CONCLUSIONS 157

CHAPTER 5 SUMMARY 159

CHAPTER 6 161

CLIMATE-RELATED DEATHS AND INSECURITY 161

THERE WILL BE MORE HEAT-RELATED DEATHS 161

INSECURITY 169

CHAPTER 6 CONCLUSIONS 172

CHAPTER 6 SUMMARY 174



CHAPTER 7 175

GLOBAL WARMING AND EXTREME WEATHER 175

GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF NATURAL DISASTERS 175

GLOBAL WARMING WILL INCREASE THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF HURRICANES 180

HISTORICAL HURRICANE DATA 184

THE CLAUSIUS-CLAPEYRON RELATIONSHIP 189

GLOBAL WARMING WILL INCREASE FLOODING 190

GLOBAL WARMING WILL INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF DROUGHTS AND THEIR SEVERITY 192

CHAPTER 7 CONCLUSIONS 194

CHAPTER 7 SUMMARY 195

CHAPTER 8 197

SEA-LEVEL RISE AND GLACIERS 197

THE CURRENT RATE OF SEA-LEVEL RISE 200

GLACIERS ARE RETREATING 208

GLOBAL WARMING WILL CAUSE EXCESSIVE SEA-LEVEL RISE 212

CHAPTER 8 CONCLUSIONS 219

CHAPTER 8 SUMMARY 220

CONCLUDING REMARKS 221

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 223

WORKS CITED 225

LIST OF TABLES 273

LIST OF FIGURES 275

INDEX 285

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