Clearing the Air on Climate Science. New Book Launched.
A new book being launched at The Australian National University tonight explains the science behind climate change in a way that makes it readily accessible and empowers readers to make up their own mind as to whether or not our planet is warming.
A Short Introduction to Climate Change, by Emeritus Professor Tony Eggleton, takes the claims and counterclaims of climate change scientists and sceptics alike and tests them against fundamental scientific principles. He uses the integrity of the scientific data as the only true and constant yardstick by which to measure the accuracy of competing arguments.
A geologist for more than 40 years, most recently with the Research School of Earth Sciences in the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Eggleton was prompted to explore the issue of climate change by a question from his oldest friend. This led to a journey of discovery and a fresh perspective on a contentious and sometimes confusing subject.
â€œClimate change is an extraordinarily divisive issue with two opposing camps: those who accept it based on the science in one, and those who deny the validity of the scientific evidence in the other,â€ Professor Eggleton said.
â€œBut many people are in neither camp. They hear arguments from both sides but do not know who to trust. This book decodes the scientific jargon to give people the facts to decide for themselves.â€
Professor Eggleton examines developments in climate science over the past 250 years, considers the consequences of our use of fossil fuels and concludes with ideas about the future of our planet.
â€œIn the debate around climate change there has been abuse of the word â€˜scepticâ€™,â€ he said.
â€œMany of those who deny the science of climate change call themselves â€˜scepticsâ€™. But all good scientists are sceptics, they query and challenge all the evidence, rather than citing certain bits selectively to support a particular theory.
â€œBy objectively presenting the evidence, both for and against climate change, the conclusions in this book become all the more compelling.â€
WHAT: John Hewson will launch A Short Introduction to Climate Change by Emeritus Professor Tony Eggleton
WHEN: 6 â€“ 7pm, Tuesday 30 October 2012
WHERE: Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Source: Australian National Universityclimate science, perspective
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