Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming convincingly demonstrates the remarkable differences between what we commonly read about global warming and what is really happening. Nine chapters describe major problems with computer simulations of future climate that are the basis for wrenching policies being proposed by world leaders. Anyone who reads this book will come away with a new appreciation of the complexity of the climate issue and will question the need for expensive policies that are likely to have little or no detectable effect on the planet's temperature.
Patrick J. Michaels is research professor of environmental sciences at University of Virginia, state climatologist for Virginia, and senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. His Bachelor's and Master's degrees are in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, and he was awarded a PhD in Ecological Climatology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979. Dr. Michaels is past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Michaels is author of four books and hundreds of technical and popular articles on climate and its impact on ecosystems and economies. In 1994 he was awarded the American Library Associations 'best government publications worldwide' citation, and was an author of the 2003 'Paper of the Year' in climate science awarded by the Association of American Geographers.
Chapter 1 Introduction: False Impressions: Misleading Statements, Glaring Omissions, and Erroneous Conclusions in the IPCC's Summary for Policymakers, 2001 Chapter 2 The Mann et al. Northern Hemisphere "Hockey Stick" Climate Index: A Tale of Due Diligence Chapter 3 Observational Surface Temperature Records versus Model Predictions Chapter 4 Temperature Changes In the Bulk Atmosphere: Beyond the IPCC Chapter 5 Severe Weather, Natural Disasters and Global Change Chapter 6 Precipitation and the "Enhanced" Hydrologic Cycle Chapter 7 Predictive Skill of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and Related Atmospheric Teleconnections Chapter 8 Climate Change and Human Health Chapter 9 The Impact of Solar Variability on the Earth's Climate Chapter 10 Limitations of Computer Predictions of the Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Global Climate