New book: Climate Change: The Facts 2020

The Institute of Public Affairs today announced the release of a significant new book of research Climate Change: The Facts 2020 published by the Institute of Public Affairs and Australian Scholarly Publishing.

On 24 September 2019, the 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations Climate Action Summit saying, “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction.” A day earlier, however, the climate policy foundation Climate Intelligence (CLINTEL) sent the UN their World Climate Declaration, signed by 800 prominent scientists including Nobel Laureate Professor Ivar Giaever and Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore, stating that there is no climate emergency: “You’re tired of alarmism and failed predictions of climate models that can’t predict the past, let alone the future. You distrust the business leaders, politicians and scientists of the climate industrial complex – you just want The Facts.”

This book contains original research and new theories of climate and will arm you with these facts. Leading scientists are contributors, including former Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Center Dr. Roy Spencer, and lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third Assessment Report Professor Emeritus of Meteorology Richard Lindzen of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and many more.

Climate Change: The Facts 2020 is the definitive guide to the latest international research and analysis on climate change science and policy.  Twenty experts in their field from across five countries have written original contributions on the key issues of scientific, political, and public debate about climate change.

​Some of the issues addressed in chapters in Climate Change: The Facts 2020 include:

  • the extent and variability of sea level change
  • the historical record of temperature and ice coverage in the Antarctic
  • the impact of climate change on polar bear populations
  • the manipulation of temperature data by the Bureau of Meteorology
  • whether the Australian bushfires 2019-20 were in fact ‘unprecedented’; and
  • the prevalence of ‘noble cause’ corruption in climate science.

​Dr Jennifer Marohasy, editor of Climate Change: The Facts 2020 and Senior Fellow at the IPA said “The contributors to Climate Change: The Facts 2020 don’t necessarily agree on the extent that recent global warming may be affected by human activity – but they all share the perspective that any such warming is subject to cycles, and is not unusual in its rate or magnitude, and is not catastrophic.”

“If anything about the climate is unprecedented it is the notion that something as complex as climate science can be ‘settled’.  It is better to have questions that cannot be answered than answers that cannot be questioned.”

“Far too frequently climate science has demonstrated noble cause corruption – where the ends justify the means,” said Dr Marohasy.

Climate Change: The Facts 2020 is the fourth edition in the IPA’s Climate Change: The Facts series that commenced in 2010.

Climate Change: The Facts 2020 is available to purchase at climatechangethefacts.org.au in Australia and is also available on Amazon for global delivery.

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Paul S
October 8, 2020 2:06 pm

Any mention of the book will be removed from twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Amazon will refuse to sell it.

Editor
Reply to  Paul S
October 8, 2020 2:40 pm

Can you back up your claim? I know Jennifer had some uncertainty about US distribution, but this works from New Hampshire:

https://www.amazon.com/Climate-Change-Facts-Jennifer-Marohasy/dp/192598494X/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&tag=wattsupwithth-20

Editor
Reply to  Ric Werme
October 8, 2020 2:47 pm

Well, it does say “This title will be released on June 28, 2021.”

I hope that gets moved up or that an Ebook version is released earlier.

Komerade Cube
Reply to  Ric Werme
October 8, 2020 5:44 pm

Need an ebook version – need to save the trees, after all.

Charlie B
Reply to  Paul S
October 8, 2020 8:01 pm

Yep, not available on Amazon until June 2021

Sara
Reply to  Paul S
October 9, 2020 4:41 am

I think that may be a pre-publication offer, meaning the publisher wants enough orders ahead of publication to justify printing costs, that’s all.

Reply to  Sara
October 10, 2020 12:28 pm

Hi Sara, Amazon prints on demand. My wife’s book is printed when an order is placed. It is quite astonishing.

Editor
October 8, 2020 2:42 pm

I reviewed some chapters for the book. I heartily recommend it. The format has each chapter written a different person, so you wind up fresh point of view with each.

October 8, 2020 2:47 pm

I wrote a chapter on counting Emperor Penguins. There is a great line-up of skeptical thinker and I highly recommend it

John Tillman
Reply to  Jim Steele
October 8, 2020 3:47 pm

Good on ya, mayt (using Southern Hemisphere English)!

What CACA spewing goons don’t realize is that penguins are an ancient lineage, already having evolved many of their present traits in the toasty, ice free Late Cretaceous, Paleocene and Eocene Epochs.

Modern penguins do have adaptations for cold, but their ancestors already were flightless and tolerant of low O2 for long dives.

The genus of Emperor and King penguins moreover are basal. It split off from the ancestors of smaller species some 40 million years ago, before Antarctica grew its first ice sheets in the Oligocene.

These survivors of tens of millions of years of climate change aren’t endangered by three degrees global warming, let alone the one to two that is more likely. Besides which, “global” warming isn’t global. The SH in general and Antarctica in particular are much less affected than the Arctic and North Temperate Zones. There has in fact been no warming at the South Pole since records began in 1958.

Reply to  Jim Steele
October 8, 2020 6:05 pm

Really? Why would anyone want to count penguins? How does one count penguins?
I’m just as confused about how and why people count polar bears. Can’t we just leave all these creatures alone? Do people get paid for these counts? Who pays them? I just have to know.

Reply to  Richard Greene
October 8, 2020 6:51 pm

To understand how any species is doing, the abundance is estimated and changes in abundance monitored.

Counting Emperors is difficult because they breed during the harshest winter conditions which is the only time most are observable. A relatively new method uses satellite detections of Penguin poo and some on the ground proofing . Many new colonies have been found that were previously unknown. As a result the estimated abundance has doubled. This is good news. The problem remains that breeding colonies on fast ice are often naturally disrupted by marauding ice bergs, forcing the penguins to move to another location. Before satellite surveys, when penguins were forced to move , some biologists assumed the penguins had died and their population is declining. Satellite surveys have now shown they just moved and the penguin overall population is stable and maybe growing.

RoHa
Reply to  Jim Steele
October 9, 2020 12:50 am

So the penguins are going to take over?

oeman50
Reply to  RoHa
October 9, 2020 8:52 am

Yes, they are. They are all going to have little rockets on their backs and they will take over Gotham City first.

MarkW
Reply to  RoHa
October 9, 2020 12:08 pm

Cute and cuddly boys, cute and cuddly.

Sara
Reply to  Jim Steele
October 9, 2020 4:46 am

Glad to know that, Jim Steele. I never thought the penguins liked being disturbed, and wondered how a census was ever done. I am really looking forward to this book.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Jim Steele
October 9, 2020 10:19 am

The penguins moved out of the way. Gee there is hope for a billion coastal people to save themselves by backing away from sealevel rise!

Deacon
October 8, 2020 4:08 pm

Is the writing explained so the layman (non-climate scientist) can discern what is being discussed?
I read this site every day but many articles and lots of post-comments are so full of acronyms, I cannot keep up. This site’s information coming from brilliant and highly skilled scientist from all over the planet is fascinating.
Great discussions and point/counter points.

Yooper
Reply to  Deacon
October 8, 2020 4:49 pm

You’re right, WUWT needs a Glossary tab where we can look up all the “common” acronyms and abrieviations used all the time here.

Editor
Reply to  Yooper
October 8, 2020 7:04 pm

We actually have one. From the top Nav bar, follow “Reference Pages” to “Glossary” at https://wattsupwiththat.com/glossary/

It’s more a mapping from abbreviations to names, so it’s not as helpful as it could be. At least it provides better terms for search engines.

RobH
Reply to  Yooper
October 9, 2020 9:52 am

No. What is needed is for writers and posters to give the full form of the acronym the first time they use it.

Steve Case
Reply to  Deacon
October 8, 2020 5:25 pm

… many articles and lots of post-comments are so full of acronyms …

Bingo! People who spew undefined acronyms really need to step back and consider exactly why they do it. My opinion is they think it makes them look smart. It doesn’t, and it pisses people off that they have to trundle off to Google to find out what it means.

Jeffrey C. Briggs
Reply to  Steve Case
October 12, 2020 9:20 am

Amen. In my experience those who use a lot of acronyms without explanation are covering up for their own lack of deep knowledge. It is a crutch. Glad to see this commented on! Have to encourage non-scientists to read this stuff, and acronyms sans explanation are off-putting.

Roy W. Spencer
October 8, 2020 4:11 pm

I could tell that Jennifer put a lot of time into editing, so the quality should be very good.

John Tillman
Reply to  Roy W. Spencer
October 8, 2020 4:21 pm

IMO, she is generally quite meticulous.

And obviously assembled a great crew of contributors!

Pat Frank
October 8, 2020 5:24 pm

Posting the Table of Contents would help with promotion and sales.

Steve Case
Reply to  Pat Frank
October 8, 2020 6:08 pm

Pat Frank October 8, 2020 at 5:24 pm
Posting the Table of Contents would help with promotion and sales.

A chapter on methane and the phony Global Warming Potential Numbers bullshit would be great.

fred250
Reply to  Pat Frank
October 8, 2020 6:16 pm

Contents at this link. 🙂

https://climatechangethefacts.org.au/about/

Steve Case
Reply to  fred250
October 8, 2020 7:22 pm

Thanks Fred

Ne mention of methane. It’s worth noting that California is already banning natural gas. That’s just in new construction in a few cities, but you know it’s going to spread to sale of existing homes and to the rest of the nation. And they want to regulate methane from cattle. It is truly insane.

Steve Wood
Reply to  Steve Case
October 10, 2020 12:10 am

I’m already researching how to install a regulating valve into the rears of cattle. maybe adding a governor too…/sark

Jennifer Marohasy
October 8, 2020 6:16 pm

Thanks so much, Anthony, for publishing this information.

I’ve been told the book will be available from Amazon’s in about 8 weeks, this is all to do with it going through the Australian publishers distribution channels. Sorry! In the meantime you can order it directly from the IPA website … which I think bypasses the book sellers network.

It is important that this type of book get into mainstream bookshops, and so it has to be commercial for the sellers/distributors and so I can’t just provide slabs of information or re-post the ‘Table of Contents’. I have be posting stuff at my weblog, with a first post here: https://jennifermarohasy.com/2020/10/asking-the-non-consensual-questions-my-new-book-on-climate-change/

Thanks again for all the support from WUWT.

Sara
Reply to  Jennifer Marohasy
October 9, 2020 4:49 am

I’m looking forward to this book, Jennifer. Science fiction and even fantasy fiction should be based on real science, not nonsense, making this kind of publication more important than people realize.

Jeffrey C. Briggs
Reply to  Jennifer Marohasy
October 12, 2020 9:34 am

Just ordered from IPA directly, also will get another from Amazon whenever, on pre-order. Congrats on publication and best wishes.

Jennifer Marohasy
October 8, 2020 6:25 pm

Thanks so much, Anthony, for letting everyone know about the book.

I’ve been told the book will be available from Amazon’s in about 8 weeks. The delay is all to do with it going through the Australian publishers distribution channels. Sorry! In the meantime you can order it directly from the IPA website … which I think bypasses the book sellers network.

I’ve been told we’ve already sold 600 through the IPA website (about half of these to the US and Canada) since Sunday. So thanks everyone who has already placed an order! And that was before the booksellers had it listed.

It is important that this type of book get into mainstream bookshops, and so it has to be commercial for the sellers/distributors and so I can’t just provide slabs of information or re-post the ‘Table of Contents’.

I will be posting some information at my weblog, with a first post here: https://jennifermarohasy.com/2020/10/asking-the-non-consensual-questions-my-new-book-on-climate-change/

Thanks again for all the support from WUWT.

Oldseadog
Reply to  Jennifer Marohasy
October 9, 2020 4:05 am

Ordered my 2 copies from IPA, no problem.
The postage from Aus to GB is a bit steep, though, but worth it I guess.

Mike McHenry
October 8, 2020 6:34 pm

Just pre ordered a copy from amazon.com

fred250
Reply to  Mike McHenry
October 8, 2020 7:13 pm

Yep. Ordered my copy. 🙂

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Mike McHenry
October 8, 2020 7:18 pm

$28 shipping to USA from Australia if you want it this year.

Joel O'Bryan
October 8, 2020 7:08 pm

I can try and order it from Australia now and have it delivered via slow boat from China, or I can pre-order it from USA Amazon for delivery in June 2021.

What’s up with that? (sorry Anthony for being grammatically correct)

lee
October 8, 2020 8:59 pm

One fact. Rapid global climate change 1899 -1901.
-0.17C to -0.5C to -0.15C But a postulated 1.16C over more than a century is more rapid apparently. Despite those pesky SH normals that were made up between 40 and 60S and sparse elsewhere.

https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/

Reply to  lee
October 9, 2020 11:08 am

Lee
There were few land weather srations before 1920, with very few in the Southern Hemisphere. Ocean temperatures were from various depths almost entirely in Northern Hemisphere shipping lanes. Using a bucket and a mercury thermometer read by a sailor who may have, or not, smoked a cigarette first. The surface temperature “data” are mainly inflilled wild guesses before 1920, and far too much infilling is done today. Infilling is never verified — the government bureaucrats who WANT more global warming do the wild guessing.

Surface temperature measurementd STILL have poor global coverage and are nearly worthless for real science.

robin townsend
October 9, 2020 12:10 am

Amazon UK pre order copy just purchased.
Available from 1 Nov 2020.
And brought the kindly 2017 version while i wait.
Cheers

ThinkingScientist
October 9, 2020 1:08 am

Amazon UK pre-order copy now purchased for delivery 1 November 2020.
Price £15.99

October 9, 2020 4:14 am

Jennifer -haven’t got a copy-yet- but look forward to getting it as no doubt it will be up to your usual brilliant standard! Could you please send a copy to Prince William of UK as he is off on a crusade to save the world along with David Attenborough and 3 pretty faces!( Not a scientist among them of course.)His project is called ” Earthshot” ( try not to laugh ) and I’m sure you could save him a lot of time and money. You might even get a prize of millions bucks!

Julie Nipperess
October 10, 2020 6:46 pm

Hi All – you can purchase this book right now directly from the Australian IPA – http://www.ipa.org.au for $39.95 AUD.

thingadonta
October 10, 2020 11:15 pm

“The contributors to Climate Change: The Facts 2020 don’t necessarily agree on the extent that recent global warming may be affected by human activity – but they all share the perspective that any such warming is subject to cycles, and is not unusual in its rate or magnitude, and is not catastrophic.”

“The contributors to Climate Change: The Facts 2020 don’t necessarily agree on the extent that recent global warming is affected by human activity – but they all share the perspective that this warming is subject to natural cycles, and is not yet unusual in its rate or magnitude, and is not yet catastrophic.”

Fixed.

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