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How to break the gridlock surrounding the climate debate

Table of Contents

Author's Foreword; I The Climate Change Challenge; Introduction; Consensus, Or Not?; The Climate Change Response Challenge; Mixing Science And Politics; II Uncertainty Of 21st Century Climate Change; The Climate Change "Uncertainty Monster"; Climate Models; Ipcc Scenarios Of 21st Century Climate Change; Alternative Methods For Generating Climate Change Scenarios; What's The Worst Case?; III. Climate Risk And Response; Risk And Its Assessment; Risk Management; Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty; Adaptation, Resilience, And Development; Mitigation; Climate Risk And The Policy Discourse

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Judith Curry is Professor Emerita of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and President of the Climate Forecast Applications Network.


Climate Uncertainty and Risk is more than a book. Curry has produced a single-author counter to the IPCC that offers a radical alternative to the UN paradigm of climate change that could well serve as a manual for a future Republican administration.-RealClear Energy "Climate Uncertainty and Risk" provides a balanced, fair assessment of the content and conclusions of the IPCC ARs. It compares and contrasts some ancient but mostly more recent climate conditions and events in making the case for a broader inclusion of past situations to better understand and simulate the climate future. The book includes a thoughtful look at climate change versus COVID-19 risk, especially relative to applying the "precautionary principle." "Climate Uncertainty and Risk" is an essential contribution to understanding and mitigating climate change. Ms. Curry's goal is to better inform the reader "as to the uncertainties and the various values in play" surrounding the judgments as to "whether warming is dangerous or whether urgent action to reduce CO2 emissions is needed."-Anthony J. Sadar, The Washington Times "Climate Uncertainty" is a serious, nonpolitical book, which will help to elevate the level of scientific and political discourse. It should be read by everyone who writes or speaks about climate change, including the political and media class- Richard Rahn, The Washington Times "Judith A. Curry is one of the world's leading scholars of climate change and a deep thinker about how science copes with uncertainty. In this refreshing and comprehensive book, she shows with meticulous care and great clarity that exaggerated claims about climate change made for political purposes are wide of the mark. Instead, she shows the way to a rational and practical discussion of this polarized topic."-Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist and How Innovation Works. "With climate models running too hot by a factor of 2 for 30 years, with everything that used to be called a weather event now a portent of climate change, and with billions being invested against this as opposed to other more pressing world needs, Judith A. Curry provides us with a much-needed and convincing rethink."-Michael Kelly, Emeritus Prince Philip Professor of Technology, University of Cambridge, UK. "Judith A. Curry leverages her background in climate science, weather forecasting, and devising risk management strategies to present the climate policy debate we have never had. Her balanced, evidence-based, and multifaceted discussion leaves the reader 'better informed as to the uncertainties and the various values in play' in designing climate policy."-Peter Hartley, George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, Rice University, USA; MEECON Co-Director. Judith Curry's book Climate Uncertainty and Risk aims to provide a framework for understanding the climate change 'debate'. She argues that the climate change problem and its solution have been oversimplified; that understanding uncertainty can help in better assessing the risks; and that uncertainty and disagreement can be part of the decision-making process. Curry's book is divided into three parts. The first describes the climate change challenge. The second relates to the uncertainty of 21st century climate change, noting her emphasis on 21st century. The final section covers climate risk and response - Michael Muntisov & Greg Finlayson A new book by a leading climate change scientist gives reason for hope that the light of truth is shedding a few rays into the dark, dystopian, ideologically driven pseudoscience known as global warming- American Thinker The real import of Curry's book is her analysis of the forms of science and economics that are rallied to support extreme policy actions - Terence Corcoran, Financial Post

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