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.