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Climate of Uncertainty

A book by William Stewart

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Interesting look at THE topical issue of our times

  • Apr 20, 2010
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Other reviewers have made a lot of this interesting little book being a balanced view of climate change - what is clearly the hottest issue (excuse the pun) on the world stage for a long time. And it is a balanced view - the sceptics get a say, there is a chapter on whether or not the changes we are seeing are normal climate cycles, as well as interesting observations on government inervention (or lack of it).

Suffice to say that for anyone who is interested in the subject, and who would like a user friendly discussion of topic such as nuclear energy and "clean coal", this is a good place to start. Mr Stewart has an easy to read, clear style, and for those interested in delving further has even added an interesting "further reading" section at the back.

It might not change your opinion if you have one, and it may help you formulate one if you don't. What it will give you is an interesting overview on the subject, and allow you to speak with some confidence the next time the thorny subject of climate change is raised at your next dinner party.

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review by . April 22, 2010
Once again, we are living in "times that try men's souls" and an author has stepped forward and written a common sense book on the most pressing issue of the day. It isn't American independence (at least in the political sense) this time around, but a problem that can't be solved at the local or national level. Country borders mean nothing to climatic processes.    So what if the mean temperature rises by 3 degrees Celsius? I'm no fan of glaciers. Fourteen thousand years ago …
review by . April 15, 2010
Given that the market is saturated with books about global warming, one really has to ask, do we need another book? I tentatively say yes. William Stewart's Climate of Uncertainty actually does fill a gap, and a rather basic one at that. His book is an attempt to remove passions and biases from the climate debate and present the straight facts for a lay audience.     Stewart's coverage of the issue is comprehensive and clear. He writes for a lay audience and provides just enough …
review by . April 14, 2010
Everyone has heard of global warming. Everyone knows someone who believes in it, and someone who does not. But how many of us *truly* know the FACTS behind the theories - or, failing that, know exactly where to find the facts presented in a balanced way without the partisan politics that so often invades?     Climate of Uncertainty is a great place to start. Written in language that the average person can understand (another problem with many scientific topics) and presented …
review by . April 12, 2010
There has never been anything as complex as the climate change debate; the arguments for it being caused by human actions are based on solid, but still inexact science. The overall climate of the Earth is an enormously complex entity, not yet perfectly understood and there are enormous political battles as forces on the extremes are willing to pounce on any apparent or imagined anomaly to debunk the claims of the other side. Doing anything of significance regarding carbon emissions will require …
review by . April 02, 2010
There are many opinions to the climate change debate - we have all heard each sides wild claims and propaganda. "Climate of Uncertainty" offers a logical discussion of both sides of the debate while debunking many of the myths (some would say lies) within the debate. William Stewart demonstrates that both perspectives have both logical arguments and valid points - however - as a whole he states the following as FACT:      - Human induced global warming is a reality   …
review by . March 25, 2010
There are many issues facing us at the moment, issues that are not simply ones that pertain to the USA as in the Health Care Reform, Immigration, the financial crisis. One of these issues that affects every citizen of the planet is the Environmental Change Conundrum. And as with most major issues there are those who commit their energies to pushing one aspect or thought that we are in a state of panic about the way we have ignored the issues of Global Warming and an equal number who believe, or …
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Exactly the book [on global warming] I have been hoping someone would write. A must read for policy makers and those who want an honest understanding of the most important debate of our time. --Michael Smerconish, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

Required reading for those on the left, right and center who are literally thirsting for a serious discussion minus the political demonization polemics. It s a book for those interested in solutions and policies, versus attack politics. Crammed with solid information. --Joe Gandelman, Editor in Chief, The Moderate Voice

Succeeds in spades! Stewart has a terrific knack for taking a complex subject and explaining it in a concise, easily understandable and readable manner. --David Reddick, Editor in Chief, ClimateandInsurance.org


Contents:

keys to unlocking the mysteries of climate change --
The basics of climate change --
Feedback loops (nature's risk amplifiers) --
El nino, volcanoes, and global dimming (the climate change wildcards) --
Future manifestitations of global warming (the potential costs of inaction) --
Climate change skeptics (scientific champions or modern-day charlatans?) --
Population and sustainability (smaller footprints/more feet) --
Governments step in--except when they don't (solving the "problem of the commons") --
Peak oil (global warming's evil twin) --
Glimpsing a sustainable future (terawatts, electric vehicles, and the smart grid) --
Nuclear power and clean coal (bridges to a ...
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ISBN-10: 0976729164
ISBN-13: 978-0976729167
Author: William Stewart
Publisher: Ocean Publishing

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