HEAVEN AND EARTH
Global Warming: The Missing Science
Paperback, 500 pages
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Recommended by Václav Klaus, President of the EU, 2009.
"This is a very powerful, clear, understandable and extremely useful
book. Ian Plimer fully exploits his unique scientific background in
geology, his life-long academic experience, and his broad, truly
interdisciplinary knowledge to dismantle the currently popular,
politically correct but rationally untenable and indefensible position
that the Earth is approaching catastrophic climate change and that we
have to react – at all costs – to prevent it.
Professor Plimer argues that the undergoing climate change is not
unprecedented in history and that the temperatures in the 20th Century
are not outside the range of natural variability. He rejects the
unscientific idea that the explanation of climate change can be reduced
to one variable (CO2), the proposition that there is a strong
relationship between measured temperature and CO2 emissions, and the
almost religious belief that we will stop climate change by reducing
CO2 emissions. He rightly assumes that humans will be able to adapt to
any future coolings or warmings.
He also convincingly criticizes the UN, the IPCC, UK and US
politicians as well as “Hollywood show business celebrities”. He
strictly distinguishes science and environmental activism, politics and
opportunism. The book I wrote two years ago “Blue Planet in Green
Shackles” comes to very similar conclusions but I have to say that if
I’d had a chance to read Professor Plimer’s book, my book would have
The Earth is an evolving dynamic system. Current changes in climate,
sea level and ice are within variability. Atmospheric CO2 is the
lowest for 500 million years. Climate has always been driven by the
Sun, the Earth’s orbit and plate tectonics and the oceans, atmosphere
and life respond. Humans have made their mark on the planet, thrived in
warm times and struggled in cool times.
The hypothesis that humans can actually change climate is unsupported
by evidence from geology, archaeology, history and astronomy. The
hypothesis is rejected.
A new ignorance fills the yawning spiritual gap in Western society.
Climate change politics is religious fundamentalism masquerading as
science. Its triumph is computer models unrelated to observations in
nature. There has been no critical due diligence of the science of
climate change, dogma dominates, sceptics are pilloried and 17th
Century thinking promotes prophets of doom, guilt and penance.
When plate tectonics ceases and the world runs out of new rocks,
there will be a tipping point and irreversible climate change.
Don’t wait up.
is Professor of Mining Geology at The University of Adelaide
and Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne
where he was Professor and Head (1991-2005). He was previously
Professor and Head of Geology at The University of Newcastle
(1985-1991). His previous book, A Short History of Planet Earth, won
the Eureka Prize.
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