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About the Author
In 2011, Howard received the Alumnus Scientist of the Year Award from Northern Illinois University, for his contributions to climate science and the community. He worked in Antarctica on four mainland expeditions, under grants from the United States Office of Polar Programs.
He has published scientific articles in periodicals such as the Journal of Glaciology, Nature Magazine and Science Magazine. He also contributed to Antarctic Geoscience, a book released by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Science in 1982.
He is a member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Australian Microscope and Microanalysis Society. In 2015, He was elected a Member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences due to a lifelong interest in human error as a factor in serious accidents.
Howard is the author of 'Mirrors and Mazes: A guide through the climate debate'.
For more information, visit www.mirrorsandmazes.com.au --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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A balanced, easy to read and informative book. A must read for anyone interested in climate change who wishes to make up their own mind rather than accept the current doomsday predictions of climate Armageddon.
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After the 3-4 hours it takes to read this book you should be able to hold your own in explaining pivotal ideas such as these to others:
1. The relationship between carbon dioxide emissions and temperature change is logarithmic not linear. From what I have read and heard about global warming from the IPCC, politicians, environmentalists, main stream media, many scientists, Pope Francis, my children reporting to me what they have learned in high school and university, etc. this is an absolutely fundamental idea to understand and to be able explain to people.
2. The climate is a complex non-linear/chaotic system that is impossible to model which is a major reason why computer models have not and will not be able to predict climate change and why their predictions have not and will not match empirical observations.
3. The climate sensitivity index used in IPCC models and others is grossly overstated and causes a bias in the models that overstates the impact of carbon dioxide on temperature and understates the impact of the sun, cosmic rays, the oceans and clouds.
For me ideas like these are “showstoppers“ when it comes to discussing climate change with other people.
I’m so very grateful to the author for writing this book.
Much of the debate about the science revolves around the vast discrepancy between experimental data and the computer model predictions of the heavily politicized U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These models predict a large amount of global warming produced by CO2, a byproduct of man’s use of fossil fuels, which differs wildly from the very small, if any, CO2 induced warming observed from ancient indicators to modern satellite measurements.
Note that fossil fuels are essential in meeting current energy needs, and CO2 is our life-giving gas which is vital to agriculture, and that both of these are particularly important to the poorest among us.
A comment about the demonization of CO2 by Prof. William Happer (Princeton), arguably the top scientist in this area of physics, can be found on this webpage at the Read More link in the book’s description. So is catastrophic man-made global warming by CO2 all it’s cracked up to be? A truthful answer is to this central question of climate change is the essence of this book, which is based on facts, not politics.
The value of this 176-page (Kindle edition) book’s comprehensive content cannot be overstated. Every aspect of climate change is looked at from every angle. It covers every important characteristic of the Earth’s atmospheric environment.
I could do no better in this review than to quote Prof. William Happer’s comments on the back cover of the paperback edition:
“Mirrors and Mazes is written for intelligent laymen who like to think for themselves. The book reviews all of the issues that touch on the current climate debate: the nature of greenhouse gasses; clouds; the sun; sea level; extreme weather; polar ice; etc. Equations are avoided, but numbers are given when essential, for example, in discussions of rising sea level, where Dr Brady is an expert. There are well-chosen illustrations and good references for those who would like to dig deeper. Dr Brady’s discussions of the complicated interplay of the climate movement with religion, politics and the media are especially insightful, perhaps because of his youthful training in theology.
“I am especially fond of Mirrors and Mazes. It would be an excellent addition to the personal library of anyone who wants to understand climate facts, stripped of propaganda and emotion.”
Professor f Physics, Emeritus
Princeton Universityu, USA
I also liked the way he straightened out the argument against CO2 as a poison or a pollutant, as so many climate experts would have us believe. Get rid of all the CO2 and watch everything die! Well, I know that even the worst alarmists aren't advocating getting rid of ALL the CO2, but they want it drastically reduced. They would be better served listening to the NASA scientists who are witnessing via their satellites a visible greening of the planet caused by that same CO2.
And all this emphasis on man-made climate change while the planet goes to hell on a hand-cart under the weight of plastic rubbish and polluted rivers. Those areas are where we should be spending the billions being scalped from us in a futile attempt to do a King Canute on warming, which will no doubt become a global cooling during the lifetimes of many alive today!
The only criticism I have of the book is minor really...the editing was a bit loose and there was rather a lot of repetition. Though I guess that if that repetition helped reinforce the message, maybe it was worth while.
Overall an excellent work, and I rather wish it had been longer....!
Yet so much depends on reaching a more (scientifically) objective understanding: already we are wasting trillions in resources in technologies that will make humanity more vulnerable in the long term, and not contribute to knowledge and safety.
This trend has also compromised and injured some of or best scientists, and rewarded the worst.
This volume surveys the landscape sensibly and objectively, illustrating and calling for a return to a science by evidence rather than consensus. It shows there is still some relevant and fantastically interesting science being done that needs to be acknowledged,discussed, and accounted for. (And those who suppress and evade should be criticized and lose their influence.)
But more than that.
What has it done for me?
Well it has provided evidence justifying my long term doubting mind amongst the foray of passion and false claims. I am an engineer so I deal in tangible facts and observations. I've always known the earth has oscillated in temperature - the ice ages were a small part of my studies. Thank you for taking so much time to present this book which at the very least provides perspective, unfortunately little of which it seems is exercised by the passionate thousands of so called educated people who think with the heart instead of the head. The latest claim on the 5th November that we have another planetary crisis looming is a disgraceful use of the so-called intelligentsia.
I think the real deficit is in fact education - bringing people up to speed as to what we know and what we dont know. 'Knowing what we dont know is the real asset but it appears many do not want to know what we dont know.
For me I illustrate the position taken carbon and temperature rise that we homo sapien has caused our global warming...... to lighting a match in a large church or cathedral and claiming the air is polluted.
An excellent piece of work this book.