[Epub] ↠ Science as a Contact Sport Author Stephen H. Schneider – Writerscompany.co.uk

Science as a Contact Sport Big curtain opener on Copenhagen Schneider s memoir essentially of than 30 years of climate change science, policy and all the roiling political battles along the way from just about as far inside as you can get Almost as fun as a talk with Steve himself. This book was recommended to me by my partner Blake, after listening to me describing denialist and contrarian behaviour against biotechnology and agricultural science Having read it, I can see some common elements with the behaviours as experienced by climate scientists Perhaps of these sorts of behaviours should be understood by the wider population, allowing us to separate real from unreal The behaviour of these contrarians appear to be sourced from companies that have streamlined their processes to focus on one profit source, and that source now bring threatened In modern parlance, they are complaining about and attempting to prevent their cheese from being moved, at great risk of harm to us all.This book is about the scientific life of Stephen Schneider, a climate scientist of great renown, who died not long after it was first published It describes the various types of misbehaviours when he came across them, wh It S Been Nearly Four Decades Since Scientists First Realized That Global Warming Posed A Potential Threat To Our Planet Why, If We Knew Of The Threats Way Back In The Carter Administration, Can T We Act Decisively To Limit Greenhouse Gases, Deforestation, And Catastrophic Warming Trends Why Are We Still Addicted To Fossil Fuels Have We All Just Been Fiddling For 40 Years As The World Burns Around Us Schneider, Part Of The Nobel Prize Winning Team That Shared The Accolade With Al Gore In 2007, Had A Front Row Seat At This Unfolding Environmental Meltdown Piecing Together Events Like A Detective Story, Schneider Reveals That As Expert Consensus Grew, Well Informed Activists Warned Of Dangerous Changes No One Knew How To Predict Precisely And Special Interests Seized On That Very Uncertainty To Block Any Effective Response He Persuasively Outlines A Plan To Avert The Building Threat And Develop A Positive, Practical Policy That Will Bring Climate Change Back Under Our Control, Help The Economy With A New Generation Of Green Energy Jobs And Productivity, And Reduce The Dependence On Unreliable Exporters Of Oil And Thus Ensure A Future For Ourselves And Our Planet That S As Rich With Promise As Our Past. The story Schneider describes is probably on of the most important stories of our era the story of how climate scientists first figured out there was something wrong, and how climate science evolved to understand what The tale is certainly never dry or boring, and if Schneider s self confessed conceitedness gets irritating after a while, his insistence on acknowledging his opinions makes the book readable, not less Unsurprisingly Schneider believes scientists should express their views, arguing in one of the most compelling parts of the book that objectivity emerges from a meeting of perspectives, not individuals purging biases, or denying their existence.The book flits through various topics, while focusing on a couple of main themes the destructiveness of a soundbite culture, and the complexity of climate science among them The lack of detail on such key topics as the science itself, the difficulties in forming the IPCC, and the failure of anyone other than Schneider to emerge with any personality hold the book back from Excellent summary of the history of climate science Dr Schneider does a great job of laying out all the arguments the fossil fuel industry has thrown up against climate change, and then proving why all those arguments are false He does a good job of impressing the urgency of the issue upon the reader, without sounding like most overzealous environmental activists He also lays out a realistic plan for the direction he thinks climate policy should g I found this book to be highly informative and inspiring It is most illuminating about the systematic disinformation campaign waged by various industries to discredit the notion of anthropogenic climate change Dr Schneider bravely fought the good fight for real science to win over confusing, doubt inducing propaganda It is a terrible shame that Stanford Climate Scientist Stephen Schneider died recently We need him to carry on his important work and Stephen Schneider is kind of a career role model for me, so I had to read his book He was a smart man and climate scientist who understands that the science alone isn t going to affect change in our world It started off as a really interesting book, but it got repetitive after a while and I lost interest Could also be that it brought back terrible memories of reading the entire 2007 IPCC report and writing a long paper on it Either way, definitely a book I wish I would have skimmed The top In SCIENCE AS A CONTACT SPORT, Stephen Schneider tells us a vitally important story about a subject that is of enormous interest to all of us the inside story of why it has taken so long to understand and acknowledge the crucial issues involved in climate change Schneider describes a number of important paradigm shifts in this book As a participant from the beginning, when climatologists were creating new instruments and assembling new data about human impacts on the earth s climate, he documents the protracted and often fierce battles between the traditional empirical approach of observation, experience, and experimentation and a theoretical approach based on multiple computer modelings of possible futures It hasn t been easy for traditional scientists to acknowledge that, while experimentation and observation can answer many questions, these methods can only be used to describe what was and is, not what might be It has also been difficult to convince traditional discipline based science what Schneider calls keepers of the disciplinary faith that climate science must be interdisciplinary, involving oceanographers, soil scientists, meteorologists, anthropologists, agronomists, Unlike other books I ve read about Global Warming, Anthropogenic Climate Change or whatever else you want to call it, this book is about the history of climatology and its impact, or lack thereof, on public policy The writer is one of the Founding Fathers of modern climatology, along with James Hansen and Michael Mann Surprisingly, his explanations of climate modeling aren t very clear That s the weak link in this book, along with the fact that it ends early in Obama s first term, when Obama had a Democratic Congress and there was reason for optimism about science The strong points are that he takes us from the earliest debates of climatology greenhouse warming vs aerosol cooling through Nuclear Winter, the Ozone Hole and ultimately the IPCC If anyone thinks that the IPCC reports are some kind of glo

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