Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Balling, Michaels: Climate of Extremes

I received a book by Patrick Michaels and Robert Balling Jr, "Climate of Extremes". It is a very nice book that is crowded with graphs and information.

At the beginning, Michaels announces that he will have to leave his school in June 2009 because the current conditions don't allow him to keep both his scientific integrity and the funding. You will find some embarrassing quotes by leading IPCC scientists and Al Gore. But then the real book begins.

The authors classify themselves as believers in man-made contributions to global warming but disbelievers in the climate apocalypse. Rationally speaking, I agree with them.

They explain that the moderate climate scientists such as themselves are being prosecuted. But the bulk of the book is made out of hundreds or thousands of graphs and their clear interpretations - about the temperature history (obtained by different methods), the number of hurricanes, sea level, ice volumes, fires, droughts, methane, refugees, and lots of other things.

The evidence that there is no reason for hysteria is overwhelming. Pretty much any major consequence of the "apocalypse" is clarified by real numbers in the book and the tricks used by certain people to create a false impression of a problem often become transparent.

At the end of the book, they describe the sociological mechanisms that allow the hysteria to flourish - e.g. scientists trying to guarantee funding for their teams. Nevertheless, they also explain that the sensible, "moderate" scientific papers are so consistent that their survival rate exceeds the mad papers, anyway. Their proposals what to do can be found in the last chapter. The book has an index and a couple of colorful pages on a high-quality paper in the middle. It was published by CATO. Amazon.com (click on the left) offers you a huge discount.

Recommended both as a book to read and as a very useful reference.

Some off-topic climate fun

A Japanese group is writing poems on the toilet paper. Research indicates that the poems lead people to leave a higher fraction of the excrements on their bodies and use a smaller amount of toilet paper - which helps to reduce global warming. ;-)

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I visit your blog often - understand about 10% but I enjoy your style.

    I put together a list of quotes from global warming skeptics on my site, see here:


    I know you have your concerns about the present state of climate science and was hoping to add a quote of yours. Do you have quote you would like published on our list? If so, can you please share with us via email?


    Jim, C3H Editor