Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media

Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media

Patrick J. Michaels

Language: English

Pages: 280

ISBN: 1930865791

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An eminently readable and often humorous critique, Meltdown documents hundreds of exaggerations from scientists, politicians and the media, and ties them together with the common thread of rational self-interest.

A Primer on Environmental Decision-Making: An Integrative Quantitative Approach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

children. As a result, wealthy nations without large immigration pressures, such as many western European countries, now project population levels in 2050 that are at or below today’s levels. The United States would be approaching this situation, too, except for its tremendous immigration, which largely comprises individuals far beneath the national median in wealth, who consequently have a higher than average expected fecundity. Another development has been the stabilization of carbon dioxide

likely be much less hospitable for complex land-based creatures such as mammals. Under those circumstances, we might well have never emerged from the ocean, where temperature changes are more buffered by water’s huge thermal inertia. Instead, along with the other mammals, we humans are thriving— which means there are, no doubt, some pretty strong internal feedbacks and checks that keep the surface temperature within a relatively small range. Some fossil records suggest the earth’s carbon dioxide

stop issuing press releases purporting that things are occurring that are not. In addition, the WWF claims ‘‘global warming could cause more than one million shorebirds . . . who stop at the Delaware Bay to feed during their trip north to leave a week earlier, thereby missing the emergence of the millions of horseshoe crabs from the Atlantic on whose eggs they rely to survive.’’ 80 80269$$CH4 08-19-04 14:56:59 CATO All Creatures Cute and Furry Figure 4.6 40 38 Precipitation (in.) 36 34 32

black spot, or a few of them, would appear on the sun’s surface. Whether a person believed in an earth-centered universe or a heliocentric one (a view of Jupiter and its moons soon convinced Galileo of the latter), everyone pretty much agreed that the sun warmed the earth. So the appearance of black spots became a curiosity worth recording: Would a darker sun create a cooler planet? We now know that the opposite is true. A sun with many spots is a hotter sun because the dark regions are

1921 1926 1931 1936 1941 1946 1951 1956 1961 1966 1971 1976 1981 1986 1991 1906 1911 1916 1921 1926 1931 1936 1941 1946 1951 1956 1961 1966 1971 1976 1981 1986 1991 0 1901 2 d 6 4 2 0 Number of months per year in which Plasmodium falciparum malaria could be transmitted, from 1901 to 1995, at (a) Kericho, Kenya; (b) Kabale, Uganda; (c) Gikonko, Rwanda; and (d) Muhanga, Burundi. SOURCE: Hay, Nature, 2002. 181 80269$$CH8 08-20-04 11:50:03 CATO MELTDOWN:

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