Item description for Global Warming - Myth or Reality?: The Erring Ways of Climatology (Springer Praxis Books / Environmental Sciences) by Marcel Leroux...
In the global-warming debate, definitive answers to questions about ultimate causes and effects remain elusive. In Global Warming: Myth or Reality? Marcel Leroux seeks to separate fact from fiction in this critical debate from a climatological perspective. Beginning with a review of the dire hypotheses for climate trends, the author describes the history of the 1998 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and many subsequent conferences. He discusses the main conclusions of the three IPCC reports and the predicted impact on global temperatures, rainfall, weather and climate, while highlighting the mounting confusion and sensationalism of reports in the media. After taking a hard look at the reality of the greenhouse effect, the 'evidence' from climate models, and the models' limitations, Leroux postulates alternate causes of climate change and analyzes the trends for global temperatures, rainfall patterns, and sea level. He poses the 'heretical' question if warming may be considered a benefit in some regions. Finally Leroux suggests a number of priorities for climatologists to better understand processes of climate change, to integrate them into climate models, and to predict accurately future changes in climate. This timely and controversial book lays out the scientific case of the sizable skeptical scientific community who challenge the accepted wisdom.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.9" Height: 1.1" Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 22, 2005
ISBN 354023909X ISBN13 9783540239093
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More About Marcel Leroux
Marcel LeRoux was born in 1950 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Univ. Jean Moulin, Lyon, France University Jean Moulin, Lyon, France.
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Comprehensive Critique of Alarmist Theories Apr 6, 2008
This is a comprehensive and detailed review of what the author, who heads a French University atmospheric science department, views as the co-option and corruption of good atmospheric science by political influence. Leroux not only shows specific faults with various assertions of global warming alarmists, but he puts his criticism in context with discussions of a variety of phenomena. He demonstrates multiple misstatements of past events by people asserting that radiative forcing from human activity has major influence on the earth's climate. He demonstrates the frailty and simplistic nature of existing "models", and offers some interesting theory of his own on how earth's climate and weather work. Do not read this book if you want a short or easy summary of evidence (for that, look up the NIPCC report (Singer ed.) in early March 2008). However, if you want a comprehensive look at the complexity of atmoshperic and meteorologic science and climate change, this book is truly excellent.
A MUST read. Aug 2, 2007
Anyone who claim having an opinion on the issue of Anthropogenic Global Warming cannot ignore this book. This is no journalist romanced account nor a guru dire predictions. This is a scientific demonstration based on observations and accute scientific understanding and reasonning. It should be in every school library and science teachers should have read it answer students' question with knowledge. True it is not light reading but there is no other way to explain the fundamentals of atmospheric circulation, its relation to climates and expose the perversions of cooky cutter science. Should you read one book, this one is the one.
Analysis not Rhetoric Jan 3, 2007
Aside from the first four chapters (which provide an excellent, if strident, history of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), this is a thorough text book on climate analysis for the layman. It develops a cogent theory of how the atmosphere works and explains each of the issues involved from the eccentricity of the earth's orbit, the tilt of the poles, the impact of the solar cycle, to a detailed look at the defects in climate modeling and how one might expect the atmosphere to react if, indeed, the earth were warming or cooling. Great care is taken to explain the impact of each of the green house gases (including the most significant, water vapor, and how its omission from IPCC studies impacts the conclusions). Not light reading, but well worth the effort.