Promoting “The Climate Caper” by Garth Paltridge

On the topic of book promotions, a word about The Climate Caper by Garth Paltridge. This provides a lot of insights into the way the prospect of mild global warming has been beaten up to become “the greatest moral challenge of our times”.

The book has many striking features, starting with the qualifications of the author. Emeritus Professor Garth Paltridge is an atmospheric physicist and was a Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research before taking up positions in Tasmania as Director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and CEO of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre. He retired in 2002 and remains an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

He provides historical perspective because he was involved in climate science from the beginning of interest in warming, up to and beyond the point where it became inflated and politicised.

He was close to the epicentre of the explosion in the IPCC and he explains how the scientific committees of that body became subservient to the political committee.

On the science of warming he provides a luminously clear explanation of the problems with the models that provide the core of the case for drastic action.

In the Australian policy-making process he was very close to the action when the chief advisor to the Government encouraged a committee from the Academy of Science to water down some potentially damning criticisms of the model he was using as the basis of the proposals that have been taken up by the Administration.

He understands enough of the sociology of science to understand the significance of the rise of Big Science, almost entirely government-funded, and the parallel proliferation of Kuhnian “normal scientists”.

As a bonus the book is short and very clearly written with a light and humorous touch. So get on line and purchase a copy for your shelf and one or two for friends. Very economical to send directly to overseas contacts!

A short video of Garth talking about the book with special reference to the model used to design Australian Government climate policy in the Garnaut Report and also the problem for scientists who want to be truthful about the situation. Followed by a talk with Ian Plimer.

A short video by Morcombe and Wise as a bonus.

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11 Responses to Promoting “The Climate Caper” by Garth Paltridge

  1. Dr Faustus

    A tour de force. Cool, clear and unemotional, Garth Paltridge comprehensively lays out the politics as well as the scientific problems behind the magical thinking of AGW alarmism.

    Unlike Bob Carter, Paltridge’s professional background and standing in climate science is such that the climate disasteratii is unable to ad hom him away as an ‘off the reservation’ nutter.
    So instead they have studiously ignored his challenge.

    [Question: Climate Caper was first published in 2009. Is there a new edition behind the promotion?]

  2. Rafe Champion

    No new edition that I am aware of Dr Faustus, I just came across an old Quadrant article by Garth and that reminded me of the book and I decided it is worth promoting especially as it is now available in Kindle. No longer at Connor Court, that must have been part of the deal with Amazon.

    For people who can access the Quadrant archives the Paltridge paper “The Politicised Science of Climate Change” is in October 2004. An insiders view into the early stages of politicisation of the science establishment.

  3. Climate scientists will always follow the money. No problem with the climate means no more grants! Are scientists corrupt? Let’s face it, everyone is potentially corrupt – all it take is the right amount or the right kind of sugar on the table. Cynical? Perhaps, but looking at our political and business leaders and our academics and so called professionals in almost any other sphere of activity can you blame me? The only honest people it seems are those that are forced to be honest because of lack of opportunity!

  4. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    But the climate is going haywire! Didn’t you hear the reports about the fires across northern Europe? Maybe there’s money in it because there’s something in it! If I have to deny the evidence to be a libertarian, then it won’t be worth it.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    and remains an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

    It’s a wonder he hasn’t been unpersonned like Bob Carter was by JCU.

    he explains how the scientific committees of that body became subservient to the political committee.

    Those would be the scientific committees controlled by the WWF and Greenpeace? Who was subservient to whom exactly?

    WWF Influence at the Highest Levels of the IPCC

    So of the 32 members of the IPCC’s core writing team that we might have expected to be world-class scientists, 11 of them (34%) are publicly affiliated with environmental NGOs.

    See also:
    How the WWF Infiltrated the IPCC – Part 1
    Greenpeace and the Nobel-Winning Climate Report

    These are pretty typical. WWF, Greenpeace, EDF and FoE were heavily involved.

  6. Boambee John

    Bruce of N at 1253

    Infiltrated using the well established communist practice of “entryism”.

    See Their ABC/Ashbolt’s kindergarten for a local example.

  7. Still as fresh as the day it was first published which says a lot about scientific progress in this field over that time.

  8. Rafe Champion

    On the theme broached by Bruce, see Donna Laframboise on the governance of the IPCC.

  9. cohenite

    Garth, a brilliant man, is typical of sceptics: he is old, polite and unfunded.

  10. Helen

    One of my very first glowball warmening critiques I bought. Well written so even an idiot can understand it. (speaking for a friend) Highly, thoroughly recommended.

  11. stackja

    ‘Tropical shift’ could mean fewer cyclones in region’s oceans
    JASON WALLS, NT News
    July 23, 2018 11:30pm

    SEVERE storms like Tropical Cyclone Marcus which tore through Darwin in March may be becoming fewer in frequency in the region’s oceans due to the “poleward shift” of the Earth’s tropics.

    New research to be published in scientific journal Nature Climate Change today, shows the number of tropical cyclones forming along Darwin’s line of latitude has been decreasing during the past 35 years.

    Study co-author and University of Melbourne tropical meteorology expert professor Kevin Walsh said the southward movement of the tropics was dragging high pressure systems over Top End deserts southward, which affected the likelihood of cyclones forming.

    But Professor Walsh said it was unclear from the research whether or not the number of cyclones to actually hit Darwin was also decreasing.

    “The jury’s a little bit out on that at present, there’s certainly indications that that’s been occurring over the past 35 years based upon the analysis that we’re seeing here but having said that there’s a fair amount of variability by location,” he said.

    “We didn’t actually look at specific locations, we’re looking at huge areas of the ocean because were trying to figure out the relationship with the very big atmospheric changes the very big ocean changes.

    “What we can say is that over the larger region which is associated with large atmospheric circulations they have been decreasing in the southern hemisphere region closer to the equator.”

    Prof Walsh said according to the research, the trend of the past 35 years which saw fewer cyclones forming was likely to continue.

    “That’s our hypothesis because that’s kind of what the climate models are predicting for the 21st century,” he said.

    But Prof Walsh said it was still too early to say whether climate change was the driving force behind the changes.

    “Whether this is actually caused by climate change is a bit hard to say because the climate models at present are not projecting enough of a shift in the tropics to say whether this is caused by climate change or not,” he said.

    Cyclone Marcus was the most destructive tropical storm to hit Darwin since Tracy in 1974.

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