Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science

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Taylor Trade, 2009 - Science - 504 pages
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In this controversial new book Australia's leading geologist makes the case that carbon dioxide is just one of many factors that drive climate-- and a relatively insignificant one at that. Heaven and Earth engagingly and comprehensively synthesizes what we know-- or think we know-- about the sun, earth, ice, water, and air. Heaven and Earth is a powerful argument against many of the punitive-- and expensive-- laws that are now being passed to 'protect' our environment--Sources other than Library of Congress.

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This is an excellent book but very weighty.
It deals with a vast amount of material and does a fantastic job of demonstrating through the voluminous use of references, about 2400 of them I believe
, that the current climate we are in is not unusual.
Plimer also does quite a good job of illustrating that we should perhaps be more concerned about the world entering a prolonged cold spell than we should the earth getting warmer. In particular this really made me wonder whether humanity is currently hell bent on self destruction just so that a few people can reap the ridiculous financial gains to be made from global carbon trading.
It's a bit hard to read Plimer's book and not have a considerable amount of respect for the work he has produced. At the same time it may shatter your belief that the current Global Warming movement is in the interest of humanity.
Given that the entire world is tied up with Global warming in one way or another i.e. whether they are an active supporter, sceptic or just an average person who is going to be footing the bill, this book should be read by everyone.

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About the author (2009)

Ian Plimer, twice winner of Australia s highest scientific honor, the Eureka Prize, is professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Adelaide and is author of six other books written for the general public in addition to more than 120 scientific papers.

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