In this accessible and beautifully produced full colour book The Age's brilliant political cartoonist John Spooner and leading environmental scientist Professor Bob Carter combine with colleagues to answer a series of critical and highly controversial questions about the politics and science of climate change.
Are human industrial carbon dioxide emissions causing dangerous global warming?
If it is so then climate change surely is one of the great moral challenges of our time.
But is it possible that the so-called consensus science around global warming produced by lavishly funded research institutes and with its own international political lobby organization - the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - is wrong?
Could it be that the emperor has no clothes?
Accessible, clearly written and illustrated with simple scientific illustrations, and accompanied by Spooner's brilliantly wry and telling cartoons, Taxing Air answers - without the spin, evasions or propaganda that pollutes most official writing on climate change - every question you have about global warming but have been too intimidated by the oppressive 'consensus' to ask.
All you ever wanted to know about the science and politics of global warming - but were afraid to ask.
'I could not put Taxing Air down ... Responding to vested interests, western politicians have already wasted trillions of dollars to frighten people with lies about industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
In fact, today's global temperature lies well within life's limits - indeed, the present-day is cooler than much of previous geological time. The gas of life rather than a pollutant, atmospheric carbon dioxide has nurtured all the forms of organism on planet Earth for many hundreds of millions of years, as is so clearly explained in this beautifully written and illustrated book.'
Professor David Bellamy, OBE, President, Conservation Foundation, UK; Trustee, World Land Trust (1992-2002)
'Taxing Air is an outstanding contribution to the growing literature that examines and calls to account the climate alarmism of the past two decades. ... it provides an accurate, easily understood explanation of the many scientific and technical issues that comprise today's climate science.
Equally important, it examines the history and exposes the duplicity of some of the individuals and organisations who have vested interests in creating and maintaining horrific visions of an imagined global warming future. The book would make a splendid gift to certain members of the climate science establishment.'
Dr. Art Raiche, CSIRO chief research scientist (retired)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Just 8,000 years ago, there was virtually no summer sea-ice in the Arctic Ocean.
- Sea-level rise is natural, and declining in rate.
- Australian rainfall has not decreased over the last 100 years.
- A previous Australian drought lasted 69 years.
- By catchment management, the Murray-Darling Basin now contains almost 3 times as much water as it held naturally.
- Global air temperature has not increased for the last 16 years, despite an 8% increase in CO2.
- Global ocean temperature is also steady or cooling slightly.
- Australian territory absorbs up to 20 times the amount of CO2 that we emit.
- The CO2 tax will cost about $1,000/person/year; and rising.
- The result of reducing Australian CO2 emissions by 5% by 2020 will be a theoretical (and unmeasurable) cooling of between 0.0007CO and 0.00007O C by 2100.
- No scientist can tell you whether the world will be warmer or cooler than today in 2020.
Just a selection of the fascinating facts provided in answer to more than 100 basic questions about global warming and climate change.
by Bob Carter & John Spooner
with Bill Kininmonth, Martin Feil,
Stewart Franks, Bryan Leyland
Full colour paperback, 288 pp
Distributed by Dennis Jones
Pub date: 1 July 2013
$30.00 + p&p
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