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Global Warming
     

Global Warming

by Michael L. Parsons, S. Fred Singer (Foreword by), M. L. Parsons
 

Global Warming: The Truth behind the Myth is a provocative discussion of the relationship between global climate and the greenhouse effect. Dr. Michael Parsons, an esteemed scientist and writer in the area of atomic spectroscopy and environmental analysis, uses the term "myth" to capture the essence of the misunderstanding and exaggeration behind the popular

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Global Warming: The Truth behind the Myth is a provocative discussion of the relationship between global climate and the greenhouse effect. Dr. Michael Parsons, an esteemed scientist and writer in the area of atomic spectroscopy and environmental analysis, uses the term "myth" to capture the essence of the misunderstanding and exaggeration behind the popular view of global warming. The author explains the computer models that are used to predict climate change, points out their flaws, and offers insight into the views and opinions of the computer modelers themselves. While there is no question that the greenhouse phenomenon exists, there are many uncertainties about computer predictions and the assumptions used in the computer models. Important factors such as solar variation, El Nino, cloud dynamics, and ocean currents significantly influence the earth's climate, and yet most computer models have neglected to adequately incorporate them. Global Warming is not an anti-environmental book. Rather, it is an authoritative attempt to put the facts associated with global climate into proper perspective along with other environmental problems, such as overpopulation, depletion of nonrenewable energy resources, and pollution. Dr. Parsons presents the scientific facts on both sides of the various issues and documents them so that the reader will be able to come to an intelligent, unbiased opinion. Written primarily for the general public, this intriguing book will also be enlightening for teachers and students, politicians, agricultural economists, environmental engineers and geologists, climatologists, conservationists, public health officials, policymakers, and scientists in general.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Parsons makes the Panglossian argument that we should not worry about global warming. ``Deserts could become producing farmlands!'' ``[M]aybe a warmer world is a better world.'' In addition to allaying readers' fears of global warming, Parsons has two other goals. The first, detailing many of the physical and biological factors that shape worldwide climate, he does fairly well. The second, asserting that all climatological models are incorrect and that therefore there is no reason to believe that global warming will occur, is suspect. He notes correctly that the models are not complete but ignores the fact that the shortcomings are well known and that the majority of atmospheric scientists have still concluded that global warming is of serious concern to humanity. Instead, he contends that scientists exaggerate their findings ``because of the need for popular and political support to fund the very expensive climate research.'' It's a good bet that any book whose preface claims ``This is not an anti-environment book'' is exactly that. Parsons's book is no exception to that rule. (Nov.)
Booknews
There is no cause for alarm, return to your assigned duties. Parsons, an academic in health science who spent four years working at Los Alamos National Laboratory and five years in aerospace research and development, discusses the relationship between global climate and the greenhouse effect. He points out flaws in computer models used to predict climate change, offers insights into the views of the models' creators, and looks at other factors involved in climate change, such as El Nino, ocean currents, and pollution. For general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306450839
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

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