Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save

Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate 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 foryears as the world burns around us Schneider, part of the Nobel Prize winning team that shared the accolade with Al Gore in , 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 ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. Zitzewitz – 9facts.co.uk if we knew of the threats way back in the Carter Administration ❮Read❯ ➵ The Beautiful Disruption ➸ Author G.G. Renee Hill – 9facts.co.uk can t we act decisively to limit greenhouse gases ➶ [Read] ➲ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy ➾ – 9facts.co.uk deforestation [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Magic Cottage Author James Herbert – 9facts.co.uk and catastrophic warming trends Why are we still addicted to fossil fuels Have we all just been fiddling foryears as the world burns around us Schneider ➽ [Lireing] ➿ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Par Sandi Metz ➲ – 9facts.co.uk part of the Nobel Prize winning team that shared the accolade with Al Gore in [Epub] ➚ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük Author Güler Çelgin – 9facts.co.uk had a front row seat at this unfolding environmental meltdown Piecing together events like a detective story ✅ Dont Leave Me Alone pdf ✈ Author GG – 9facts.co.uk Schneider reveals that as expert consensus grew ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ I Won a Spaceship By Harrison Park ➦ – 9facts.co.uk 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 ➻ [Reading] ➽ The Black Mask Boys By William F. Nolan ➰ – 9facts.co.uk practical policy that will bring climate change back under our control [KINDLE] ❁ Born to Ride (Sons of Chaos MC, ❅ Eva Grace – 9facts.co.uk help the economy with a new generation of green energy jobs and productivity [Download] ➺ Evangelical Hermeneutics And The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament By Rynold D Dean – 9facts.co.uk 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


10 thoughts on “Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate

  1. Alan Alan says:

    Stephen Schneider is a physicist at Stanford University who studies the patterns and processes associated with global climate change He comes to the table with credentials and experience that few others in the world possess, and I found his inside view of the current global climate change debate to be nothing less than amazing He was a co recipient of the Nobel Prize with Al Gore, and a section leader in the IPCC International Panel on Climate Change Who better to write a book about the fig Stephen Schneider is a physicist at Stanford University who studies the patterns and processes associated with global climate change He comes to the table with credentials and experience that few others in the world possess, and I found his inside view of the current global climate change debate to be nothing less than amazing He was a co recipient of the Nobel Prize with Al Gore, and a section leader in the IPCC International Panel on Climate Change Who better to write a book about the fight regarding global climate change I found the most fascinating part of the book to be the section on Mediaology i.e., news media, and dealing with the media He has been the subject of numerous personal attacks carried out in the form of quotes taken out of context, partial and inaccurate reporting, etc He has valuable lessons to teach about being a scientist and speaking out in the public forum Schneider also does a good job of explaining what science is and how good science is done I also found the sections where he discussed the procedures for the generation of IPCC reports to be enlightening The book is readable and is muchthan a memoire, though there is a significant amount of autobiographical information in the book This is not a book about global warming, but about what it takes to be involved in dialog associated with an issue where many special interest entities work to to deliberately discredit people that speak out, muddy the waters on the issues and data associated with the issues, and even refute the existence of global climate change, regradless of the data One thing this book helped clarify in my mind is the difference between climate change skeptics and climate change denialists Skeptics and I hope we all have a healthy dose of skepticism are people that are reluctant to accept a particular conclusion or position until sufficient evidence is presented to demonstrate the validity of a position, and they then accept it, whether they personally like it or not Denialists, on the other hand, don t care how overwhelming the evidence may be, they are committed to a position and course of action that they will pursue even in light of overwhelming consensus and agreement among professionals that work in the field in question May we all be skeptics, not denialists The sad thing is that the vast majority of climate change denialists may never read this book Thanks for the great insights It gave me plenty to think about 5 stars


  2. Alison Alison says:

    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 bookreadable, not less Unsurprisingly Schneider believes scientists should express their views, 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 bookreadable, 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 being as great a read as i was hoping for But it remains thought provoking enough Reading the book, I kept thinking of the analogy of a group of physicists watching a motorcyclist speeding towards a low wall It is very hard to predict where the motorcyclist will end up after hitting the wall, but not hard to predict that it will be a significant negative impact Only different because climate change doesn t constitute a specific event, naturally.The most depressing part of the book is its optimism Writing in 2009, Schneider is convinced the battle for public opinion is won for now His tragic death freezes that optimism in time I only hope that coming years do not find it misplaced


  3. Susan Albert Susan Albert says:

    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 docum 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, social scientists, and manySchneider also discusses the resistance of many scientists to the use of science as an instrument of public policy When should scientists tell policy makers what their findings are and what the models predict and suggest ways that policy might be shaped How confident must a scientist be before she testifies to Congress about destruction of the ozone layer, for instance, or the melting of Arctic ice Some scientists will never have enough definitive data to risk making public statements sometimes for fear of jeopardizing their funding others feel that the outcomes are so important that they re willing to speak up with less than 95 percent confidence And speaking up is itself problematic, given the inclination of most scientists to do their work beyond the reach of the media Scientists generally prefer to publish their work in peer reviewed journals and stay out of the newspaper headlines They distrust scientists such as Schneider and Carl Sagan, another important science communicator who welcome opportunities to share what they know with a wider audience, as on the Tonight show The climate change battles aren t over But it is extremely useful, some four decades into the development of climate sciences, to have this insider s view of the paradigm shifts that have taken place, the positions that have defined various outcomes, and the efforts that scientists have made to shape public policy as well as the efforts of politicians such as in the Reagan, Bush One, and Bush Two administrations to manage science for political ends Schneider is an important and credible witness to what is likely to be the most significant scientific revolution of the last half century


  4. Gary Gary says:

    Unlike other books I ve read about Global Warming, Anthropogenic Climate Change or whatever else you want to call it, this book isabout 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 O Unlike other books I ve read about Global Warming, Anthropogenic Climate Change or whatever else you want to call it, this book isabout 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 global conspiracy of One World Government types, this book should clear up that misconception once and for all, as well as Trump s ridiculous assertion that Global Warming is a Chinese plot The IPCC is a messy, contentious deliberative body that finds everyone fighting with everyone, but mostly the government policy makers fighting with the scientists Recommended reading for all my science geek friends


  5. Katrina B Katrina B says:

    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 Perhapsof 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 the 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 Perhapsof 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, what they looked like and their impacts, from various sources including government, lobbyists, other scientists, business people, and others I think this book gives a great insight into how climate science and the understanding of climate change came about and its acceptance


  6. Eric Eric says:

    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 fight against human made climate change 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 fight against human made climate change I met him at the COP 15 UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in December, 2009 I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him This book carries on the battle to save earth s climate for so many threatened species And it s is an important book worth reading


  7. Audra Audra says:

    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 go Also, not a super technical book, so it 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 go Also, not a super technical book, so it s easy for the general public to comprehend


  8. Amanda Short Amanda Short says:

    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 He values interdisciplinary approaches to climate change, as has a great way of working with people to communicate his passion and opinions.


  9. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    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 topic is interesting The presentation Not so much.


  10. Thomas Thomas says:

    Big curtain opener on Copenhagen Schneider s memoir essentially ofthan 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.


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