A "Free" Book Giveaway!

Guest essay by Jim Steele


Anthony’s blog has been a tremendous resource that has given skeptics from around the globe a voice in a politicized world that has tried to suppress scientific climate debate. This is my humble token of appreciation.

I am giving away 30 copies of my book “Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism” to the first 30 people who email me with a request. I will handle all shipping costs. All I ask in return is that you click on the donation button and donate $1 or more to support What’s Up With That.


NOTE: These have SOLD OUT in the space of two hours! Thanks everyone!

They are still available from Amazon though. For anyone hat wishes to donate even though the books have been depleted, see the donate button of the right sidebar. (scroll down)


Email me: jsteele [at] sfsu.edu . Provide your name and mailing address, and if desired a suggested personalized inscription. If you live outside of the USA, and special instructions are required, please let me know. Only one book per person. I will post as soon as possible a notification when the limit has been reached.

The book thoroughly refutes the bad science = claiming that rising CO2 has endangered butterflies and pika, penguins and polar bears, walruses and glaciers. It has been well received by people with diverse political outlooks . Only 3 people at Amazon have given it a bad review, but I know for certain all 3 never read the book. Colleagues and fellow environmentalists have been swayed by the book to be far more open to skeptical thinking, while some have been so outraged at the bad science discussed in the book, they are now full fledged skeptics. Others have found it an excellent resource to revisit as the same catastrophic assertions resurface time and time again. If you have a friend who is a self-proclaimed environmentalist but blindly believes that CO2 caused catastrophic climate change, this book makes a perfect gift that will open their eyes.

The book’s analyses are powerful enough, I was recently attacked by the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Media Watch TV program just for writing this book and then daring to discuss coral biology.

Here are few excerpts from reviews on Amazon

  1. This is a book that should be read–and recommended–by every environmentalist


I’ve learned a lot from this book:

1) Climate change cannot be reduced to one, or even a few reasons.

2) Scientists are fallible; can and do follow their biases–and career opportunities.

3) Bad science, however well-intentioned, does exist.

4) There are much more productive ways to help our environment–and adapting to it–than vilifying oil companies and laggard governments.

This is a book that should be read–and recommended–by every environmentalist, lover of the scientific method and nature: In short, by every thinking person

  1. Steele as Treasure [I confess to being biased by the reviewer’s title and his comparison to McIntyre. JS]


Add the name Jim Steele to your short list (like – Steve McIntyre) of people with an amazing capability to organize facts logically, and get their minds around immense quantities of data. In Steele’s case, over a vast range of ecological issues, he mentions where the data leads (locally), and indicates how certain bad-actors are prone to preempt discussions along a preconceived, globally-irrelevant path (special pleading; if not intentionally misleading).

This is a big, comprehensive book. It is not hard to read, but it is difficult to not overfill your brain. Instead you have to read it all to learn WHAT is there – being content to know that you can review it at any later time, and have good information. This accomplished, you will remain awed at how Steele managed to acquire, logically analyze, and document so much material. A treasure.

  1. Skepticism-good for you and good for science


I am a physicist and I prescribed to the standard model of AGW and DEATH AND DESTRUCTION of the climate change “consensus” until reading this book and doing some further research on my own. Does that mean I’m certain that CO2 is no problem and we don’t need to worry about it at all? No, but I think presenting the world the science AS IF IT IS SETTLED, when it is in fact, NOWHERE NEAR SETTLED, harms science, humanity, and is generally unethical. Bravo to Jim Steele for taking a stand and trying to let the world know that it’s not only ok but actually GOOD to be skeptical when you are a scientist.



WUWT readers if you have read the book, feel free to add your critiques so others may decide if it is worth a donation.

If you want a sample of my style, read a few more recent essays, some of which are adapted from the book.

The Coral Bleaching Debate: Is Bleaching the Legacy of a Marvelous Adaptation Mechanism or A Prelude to Extirpation?

The Kevin Trenberth Effect: Pulling Science Back to the Dark Ages – Part 1 Droughts and Heat waves

Plight of the Bumble Bees: How shabby climate analyses and lax peer review promote a dreadful remedy.

How Much Does the Arctic Iris Effect Explain Recent Warming, 1930s Warming and Dansgaard-Oeschger Events?

Are Polar Bear Researchers Blinded by Belief


I look forward to receiving your emails


Jim Steele

Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism

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July 26, 2016 6:01 am

Emailed, and donation completed.
Excellent offer, I look forward to the book.

Reply to  Joseph Ratliff
July 26, 2016 7:09 am

I am inserting this at the top of comments to let people know that I have now given away all 30 books. I thank you for your interest and generosity. I wish I could give away more, but you can still donate to WUWT!
The last book was given away at 6:58 AM California time.

Reply to  jim steele
July 26, 2016 9:31 am

No wonder I missed out, I don’t get up until 7 AM.! But thanks for the offer Jim, love your articles and reviews!

Reply to  Joseph Ratliff
July 26, 2016 1:18 pm

I bought several copies a few months back. It is GREAT- much like Jim’s essays here, well-written and very convincing. Thank you JIM!

Reply to  Louise Nicholas
July 26, 2016 5:59 pm

Thanks Louise!

July 26, 2016 6:09 am

I am honoured to say I purchased this fine book some time back. It’s not often that such a tome turns out to be a real page turner and I found it hard to put it down. I strongly recommend it. Your donation will be richly rewarded.

Reply to  TrueNorthist
July 26, 2016 5:59 pm

Thanks True

Mark - Helsinki
July 26, 2016 6:52 am

I’d replace the term “skeptics” with “objective observers”.

July 26, 2016 6:52 am

Donation done and email off. I really appreciate your well thought out,defended, and enlightening essays here. Keep up the good fight for science to be returned to what it should be,not some political/scam artists cause djour.

Lance Wallace
July 26, 2016 6:59 am

Done. Couldn’t agree more with your characterization of Anthony, who has weathered many attacks, including entire blogs built on attacking his success. I have greatly enjoyed your excellent wide-ranging and learned commentaries on this blog. I confess to having been remiss in ordering your book, but I would rather pay for it than take a free copy away from someone needing it. Keep up the good work!

July 26, 2016 7:06 am

I have now given away all 30 books. I thank you for your interest and generosity. I wish I could give away more, but you can still donate to WUWT!

Reply to  jim steele
July 26, 2016 7:56 am

Fine idea, Jim. Well done.

Margaret Smith
July 26, 2016 7:45 am

I already have and have read this well,well worth it book!

Reply to  Margaret Smith
July 26, 2016 6:00 pm

Thanks Margaret!

M Seward
July 26, 2016 7:57 am

The fact that Jim Steele was deliberately targetted by the OzBC’s Media Watch program, a green left leaning einzatsgruppen hit squad which specializes in sneering at the ‘Murdoch Press’ and anyone else who dares to oppose the GL orthodoxy, is proof positive that he stands shoulder to shoulder in the pantheon of CAGW skepticism heroes with Anthony, Steve McKintyre and the others. Jim can wear the vilification and sneering from such CAGW media bots as a badge of the highest honour. It denotes a contribution of the utmost significance in taking it up to these sanctimonious, self important cowards. More power to your pen, Jim.

NC skeptic
July 26, 2016 8:22 am

Why is this not available on Kindle?

Reply to  NC skeptic
July 26, 2016 1:20 pm

apparently the graphs don’t work well in the Kindle version, so Jim did not publish it that way. I was disappointed at first too but LOVE having the real book to EASILY share with friends.

Reply to  NC skeptic
July 26, 2016 3:38 pm

I designed the book so the graphs could be on one page and the text on the other. Such a format doesnt work as well in Kindle. I struggled with formatting the book and decided not to do a Kindle version. However I still am open to reconsider if I thought kindle would provide a signficant increase in exposure

Reply to  jim steele
July 26, 2016 8:37 pm

Research shows that people of all reading-ages retain information better when read from a book than when read off of some electronic media.

Juan Slayton
July 26, 2016 8:31 am

Wife Nancy bought me a copy last Christmas. Paid full price, and worth every cent. Here’s hoping your gifts will prove profitable for both WUWT and yourself.

Reply to  Juan Slayton
July 26, 2016 6:01 pm

Thanks Juan!

Clovis Sangrail
July 26, 2016 2:21 pm

I bought it from amazon uk.
Thank you from a UK professor of statistics for fighting the good fight!

Reply to  Clovis Sangrail
July 26, 2016 6:03 pm

Thanks Clovis!

July 26, 2016 2:51 pm

Two hours? I’m surprised it took so long. 🙂
WUWT is lucky to have writers like Jim Steele post samples of their works.

Reply to  Ric Werme
July 26, 2016 5:58 pm

Thank you Rick!

July 26, 2016 3:33 pm

I just checked Amazon’s rating of how my book compared to others in this genre. As a caveat, from time to time I have checked their rating and just selling 4 or 5 books more books in a month, amazon’s overall ratings can change by a few hundred thousand overall and by a few hundred within more specific categories. I am humbled by today’s rankings, yet very encouraged that it is competing quite well with other books on environmentalism. Ranked 14th in Environmentalism!
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#14 in Books > Science & Math > Environment > Environmentalism
#23 in Books > Science & Math > Nature & Ecology > Conservation
#29 in Books > Science & Math > Earth Sciences > Environmental Science

Gerry, England
July 26, 2016 3:57 pm

An excellent book. I learnt a lot from it even though I have read quite a lot of books on this subject. I am currently reading The Deniers which is also proving very good and informative.

Reply to  Gerry, England
July 26, 2016 6:01 pm

Thanks Gerry!

July 27, 2016 3:33 am

Well I bought a copy months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have recommended it to many an alarmist.
Thanks Jim.

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