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Mar 31, 2009

Show 360  Book- Climate of Extremes: The Global Warming Science They Don't Want You to Know by Patrick J. Michaels. Capitol Hill Briefing January 28, 2009.  59 minutes.

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Synopsis- Is the weather truly getting worse? When it comes to global warming, dire predictions seem to be all we see or hear. Climatologists Patrick Michaels and Robert Balling Jr. explain why the news and information we receive about global warming have become so apocalyptic. The science itself has become increasingly biased, with warnings of extreme consequences from global warming becoming the norm. That bias is then communicated through the media, who focus on only extreme predictions. The authors compellingly illuminate the other side of the story, the science we aren't being told. This body of work details how the impact of global warming is far less severe than is generally believed and far from catastrophic.

 From the Back Cover- "Michaels and Balling claim that, although global warming is real, it does not herald a climate crisis and that human beings cannot 'significantly alter the temperature trajectory of the planet.' They present detailed evidence that climate data is inaccurate, the fear that permafrost will release huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane is unfounded and that 'horror stories about an imminent collapse of Greenland's ice simply aren't borne out by the fact that it was warmer there for decades in the early 20th century, and for millennia after the end of the last ice age.' The authors make persuasive arguments and climate crisis skeptics will applaud the book's message." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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