Climate change is one of the most pressing threats to humanity and to the life of creation. Although it has been disputed by politicians, the scientific community unequivocally stands behind the grim view that science lays out for us.
As one of the hottest heat waves in recent memory has just swept over the United States, we offer this list of essential books on understanding the science of climate change and the disputes that it has spawned…
Losing Earth: A Recent History
By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change―including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours.
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As a climate change skeptic, it would be helpful to see author bios – or something that provides a better sense of the credentials of the person writing the book
Walt, a good and reasonable suggestion. Thanks!
Reality is that I likely might not have the time to update the post in this way.
(Guess it’s easy enough for folks to drop an author’s name into Google?)
Failed Climate Disaster Predictions
sea level rise https://www.salon.com/control/2001/10/23/weather
ice-free arctic http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7139797.stm
not ice-free https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/arctic-sea-ice/
The arctic ice trend from 1980, just after all the “New Ice Age” predictions (Time magazine, Newsweek, etc.) is down. But there has been a rebound from the 2012 low. Regardless of the trends, the prediction for ice-free by 2013 was off by millions of square kilometers or over a million square miles. In other words: epic fail.
As for the issue of “settled science” and the idea that there is a overwhelming consensus of approaching disaster: the way we know that scientific theories are valid is that they make predictions that come true. Accurate predictions are the “gold standard” of science. Climate science has a long history of failed predictions, which strongly suggests that the science is not settled. (Actually “settled science” and “scientific consensus” are oxymorons, as has been demonstrated numerous times in the last 100 years.)