An appeal to reason: a cool look at global warming

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Duckworth, 2008 - Science - 149 pages
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In the 1960s we were warned that the population explosionwould lead to mass global starvation. In the 1970s we were warned that the planet was running out of natural resources and that world economic growth would grind to a halt within our lifetimes. When the planet's temperature, which had been gently rising for some 400 years, appeared to be falling again, scientists warned us that we were facing the disaster of a new ice age. In the past year, sensational warnings about climate change have dominated the headlines as we are told that global warming will have disastrous consequences in the very near future unless we take drastic measures now.In this cautious and reasoned treatise on an issue that effects each and every one of us, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, argues that it is time to take a cooler look at global warming. Lord Lawson looks at the facts behind the headlines and explains that science is only part of the story. For governments to make informed decisions about the path ahead they must listen to economists as well as scientists, utilising economic forecasting to assess the likely evolution of the world economy, and even more urgently, economic analysis: what is the most cost-effective way of tackling this issue? We also need an understanding of exactly what measures are politically realistic on a global scale.At a time when politicians and the media are stirring up public and political hysteria on the subject of climate change, Lord Lawson has written a timely disquisition urging us to take into account all the facts in order to deal with the threat of global warming.

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

I should have realised that any book entitled, 'An Appeal to Reason', was going to be the opposite but, I was recommended to read what I was informed was the most cogent denial of global warming. Mr ... Read full review

The best short book on global warming

User Review  - The Reverberator - Borders

Nigel Lawson's Appeal to Reason is the best short book on the whole range of issues in the global warming debate. He discusses the science, the models, the possible impacts and their costs, and the policies proposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in clear, concise, measured prose. Read full review


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