Conversations, Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

The Science of Climate Change [A Reading List ]

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…

A Global Warming Primer: Answering Your Questions About The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions 

Jeffrey Bennett

Is human-induced global warming a real threat to our future? Most people will express an opinion on this question, but relatively few can back their opinions with solid evidence. Many times we’ve even heard pundits say “I am not a scientist” to avoid the issue altogether. But the truth is, the basic science is not that difficult. Using a question and answer format, this book will help readers achieve three major goals: To see that anyone can understand the basic science of global warming;  To understand the arguments about this issue made by skeptics, so that readers will be able to decide for themselves what to believe; To understand why, despite the “gloom and doom” that often surrounds this topic, the solutions are ones that will not only protect the world for our children and grandchildren, but that will actually lead us to a stronger economy with energy that is cheaper, cleaner, and more abundant than the energy we use today.

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3 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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?)

  3. 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.)