Foreword by Václav Klaus,
President of the Czech Republic
RELEASED DATE: November 2011
Paperback, (250 pages approx)
Are pupils, parents and the public being fed political propaganda on climate change? Now is your chance to find out. Professor Plimer gives 101 simple questions with answers for you to ask teachers, activists, journalists and politicians.
The climate industry adjusts the temperature record and withholds raw data, computer codes and information from scrutiny. Computer predictions of a scary future don’t agree with measurements. Past natural climate changes have been larger and more rapid than the worst case predictions yet humans adapted.
Is human-induced global warming the biggest financial and scientific scam in history? If it is, we will pay dearly.
About the author
PROFESSOR IAN PLIMER (The University of Adelaide) is Australia’s best-known geologist. He is also Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head of Earth Sciences (1991-2005) after serving at The University of Newcastle (1985-1991) as Professor and Head of Geology. He was on the staff of the University of New England, The University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. He has published more than 120 scientific papers on geology. This is his eighth book written for the general public, the best known of which are Telling lies for God (Random House), Milos-Geologic History (Koan), A Short History of Planet Earth (ABC Books) and his best-selling Heaven+Earth (Connor Court).
He won the Leopold von Buch Plakette (German Geological Society), Clarke Medal (Royal Society of NSW), Sir Willis Connolly Medal (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was elected Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 1995, he was Australian Humanist of the Year and later was awarded the Centenary Medal. He was Managing Editor of Mineralium Deposita, president of the SGA, president of IAGOD, president of the Australian Geoscience Council and sat on the Earth Sciences Committee of the Australian Research Council for many years. He won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science, the Eureka Prize for A Short History of Planet Earth and the Michael Daley Prize (now a Eureka Prize) for science broadcasting. He is an advisor to governments and corporations and a regular broadcaster.
Table of Contents
PREAMBLE FOR PUPILS, PARENTS AND PUNTERS
1. HUMAN-INDUCED CLIMATE CHANGE: WHY I AM SCEPTICAL
A short history of planet Earth
Follow the money
Corruption, fraud and porky pies
Snow, ice, floods and cyclones
The process of science
Evolution of scientific ideas
Models, predictions and adaptation
3. CARBON DIOXIDE, WATER AND ICE
Planetary degassing and carbon dioxide
An innocent trace gas
Another innocent trace gas
Water and ice
How do we measure global temperature?
Adjusting of measurements
Hottest year on record
5. HOW TO GET EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL
Is climate change normal?
One hundred and one questions.
A guide for teachers, parents and punters
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