Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters

Category: Earth Sciences
Author: Steven E. Koonin
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by melling   2021-11-09
Bjorn still has quite the following. Skeptics often refer to him.

He’s also still writing new books that are still popular:

https://www.amazon.com/False-Alarm-Climate-Change-Trillions/...

In fact, others have realized there’s a market:

https://www.amazon.com/Unsettled-Climate-Science-Doesnt-Matt...

by crackercrews   2021-09-18
I wasn't overly impressed by Apocalypse Never. It has some interesting tidbits, sure. But ultimately a lot of the argument was about reframing harm as deaths instead of dollars: we have better technology so we can avoid deaths from natural disasters. That's good but if we are causing natural disasters to be worse and the sea level to rise that's still something we should seek to avoid.

I found Unsettled, [1] by former Caltech provost Steven Koonin to be much more compelling. The approach is rigorous and scientific. The author is not partisan. He did work for BP but also served in the Obama administration. He brings to the climate debate a rational skepticism that is typically discouraged in polite/liberal company. IMO it was at least 2x as compelling as Apocalypse Never.

1: https://www.amazon.com/Unsettled-Climate-Science-Doesnt-Matt...