Heaven and earth Global warming, the missing science

I. R. Plimer

Book - 2009

In this controversial new book Australia's leading geologist makes the case that carbon dioxide is just one of many factors that drive climate-- and a relatively insignificant one at that. Heaven and Earth engagingly and comprehensively synthesizes what we know-- or think we know-- about the sun, earth, ice, water, and air. Heaven and Earth is a powerful argument against many of the punitive-- and expensive-- laws that are now being passed to 'protect' our environment.

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Published
Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Publishing : Distributed by National Book Network c2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
504 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781589794726
1589794729
Main Author
I. R. Plimer (-)
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Heaven and Earth is a controversial work. Plimer (mining geology, Univ. of Adelaide) critiques the scientific consensus that human emissions of CO^D[2 have changed the climate. Somewhat ironically, Plimer, a noted critic of creationism, tackles this subject with an almost religious zeal, describing climate scientists as "rabid environmentalists" and climate science as a "fundamentalist religion." Though the scientific data Plimer presents has received substantial criticism from the scientific community and the author has even been accused of misrepresenting the ideas of those whom he cites in his book, the text is ponderously written and preachy. Plimer makes no effort to convince those who believe climate change has been the result of human activity that this is not the case. His invective language in the last sentence suggests that those who disagree with him are just ignorant. Though the book is copiously footnoted, figures are generally not referenced. However, the index is quite meticulous, which allows for easy navigation. Summing Up: Not recommended. Copyright 2010 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this controversial new book Australia's leading geologist makes the case that carbon dioxide is just one of many factors that drive climate-- and a relatively insignificant one at that. Heaven and Earth engagingly and comprehensively synthesizes what we know-- or think we know-- about the sun, earth, ice, water, and air. Heaven and Earth is a powerful argument against many of the punitive-- and expensive-- laws that are now being passed to 'protect' our environment--Sources other than Library of Congress.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Climate, sea level, and ice sheets have always changed, and the changes observed today are less than those of the past. Climate changes are cyclical and are driven by the Earth's position in the galaxy, the sun, wobbles in the Earth's orbit, ocean currents, and plate tectonics. In previous times, atmospheric carbon dioxide was far higher than at present but did not drive climate change. No runaway greenhouse effect or acid oceans occurred during times of excessively high carbon dioxide. During past glaciations, carbon dioxide was higher than it is today. The non-scientific popular political view is that humans change climate. Do we have reason for concern about possible human-induced climate change?This book's 504 pages and over 2,300 references to peer-reviewed scientific literature and other authoritative sources engagingly synthesize what we know about the sun, earth, ice, water, and air. Importantly, in a parallel to his 1994 book challenging “creation science,” Telling Lies for God, Ian Plimer describes Al Gore's book and movie An Inconvenient Truth as long on scientific “misrepresentations.” “Trying to deal with these misrepresentations is somewhat like trying to argue with creationists,” he writes, “who misquote, concoct evidence, quote out of context, ignore contrary evidence, and create evidence ex nihilo.”

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Climate, sea level, and ice sheets have always changed, and the changes observed today are less than those of the past. Climate changes are cyclical and are driven by the Earth's position in the galaxy, the sun, wobbles in the Earth's orbit, ocean currents, and plate tectonics. In previous times, atmospheric carbon dioxide was far higher than at present but did not drive climate change. No runaway greenhouse effect or acid oceans occurred during times of excessively high carbon dioxide. During past glaciations, carbon dioxide was higher than it is today. The non-scientific popular political view is that humans change climate. Do we have reason for concern about possible human-induced climate change?
This book's 504 pages and over 2,300 references to peer-reviewed scientific literature and other authoritative sources engagingly synthesize what we know about the sun, earth, ice, water, and air. Importantly, in a parallel to his 1994 book challenging “creation science,” Telling Lies for God, Ian Plimer describes Al Gore's book and movie An Inconvenient Truth as long on scientific “misrepresentations.” “Trying to deal with these misrepresentations is somewhat like trying to argue with creationists,” he writes, “who misquote, concoct evidence, quote out of context, ignore contrary evidence, and create evidence ex nihilo.”