Ours is the age of global warming. Rising sea levels, extreme weather, forest fires. Dire warnings are everywhere, so why has it taken so long for the crisis to be recognised?
Here, for the first time, climate scientist Peter Stott reveals the bitter fight to get international recognition for what, among scientists, has been known for decades: human activity causes climate change. Across continents and against the efforts of sceptical governments, prominent climate change deniers and shadowy lobbyists, Hot Air is the urgent story of how the science was developed, how it has been repeatedly sabotaged and why humanity hasn't a second to spare in the fight to halt climate change.
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Publication Date: 01 November 2021
Professional and scholarly
1: Fingerprinting the climate 2: Confronted by denial 3: Strengthening the science 4: Ambushed by power 5: In harm's way 6: Very likely due 7: Court of opinion 8: Stolen emails 9: Mounting devastation 10: False balance 11: Citizen power 12: Change is coming
Professor Peter Stott is a Science Fellow in Climate Attribution at the Met Office's Hadley Centre and Professor in Detection and Attribution at the University of Exeter. He has played a leading role in the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has been published in Nature and Science among many other journals.
Reviews for Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial
Hot Air is a compelling indictment of the people and organisations that, for whatever reasons, refuse to accept the evidence of human-induced global warming. The scientific case for this has been clear for more than thirty years. It is disappointing that there is still a need for this book, but gratifying to find such a clear exposition of the science and the politics. The most important book you are likely to see this year. * John Gribbin * A riveting despatch from the frontline of the fight against climate change. Essential reading for anyone interested in the greatest threat human society has ever faced. * Michael McCarthy, former Environment Editor, The Independent, and author of The Moth Snowstorm * Gripping, urgent and human... Stott provides a unique 'eye-of-the-storm' perspective on the story of the century. * Leo Hickman, director of Carbon Brief *