Climatology versus Pseudoscience

Exposing the Failed Predictions of Global Warming Skeptics

by Dana Nuccitelli


Who is right—the mainstream climate scientists or the climate change deniers?

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March 2015


Pages 212
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Science/General
  Current Events and Issues/Environment
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This book explains the science of climate change in plain language and shows that the 2 to 4 percent of climate scientists who are skeptical that humans are the main cause of global warming are a fringe minority—and have a well-established history of being wrong.

Although some politicians, pundits, and members of the public do not believe it, global warming predictions by mainstream climate scientists have been remarkably accurate while those made by climate deniers have not. And if mainstream global warming predictions continue to prove correct, the window of opportunity to prevent a climate catastrophe is quickly closing. This book is the first to illustrate the accuracy—and inaccuracy—of global warming predictions made by mainstream climate scientists and by climate contrarians from the 1970s to the present day. Written in simple, non-technical language that provides an accessible explanation of key climate science concepts, the book will appeal to general audiences without previous knowledge about climate science.

Author Dana Nuccitelli, an environmental scientist and risk assessor, discusses some key climate discoveries dating back to the 19th century and debunks myths such as the idea that climate scientists and climate models have grossly over-predicted global warming. He addresses recent findings of a 97-percent consensus in the peer-reviewed scientific literature that humans are causing global warming—a nearly unanimous agreement that formed in the early 1990s and has grown through the present day. Nuccitelli also discusses what the future climate might look like if current trends continue unabated, and what we as a global society need to do to prevent a climate catastrophe.


  • Provides a unique, scientifically backed, and easily understood evaluation of the global temperature predictions made by both climate change skeptics and mainstream climate scientists
  • Presents readers with a plethora of concrete, verifiable evidence for the author's claims—information that holds the skeptics and deniers accountable for their history of being wrong regarding their assertions
  • Discusses possible solutions to climate change, such as carbon emissions pricing—a concept that has gained bipartisan support among economists
Author Info

Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist and risk assessor at a private environmental consulting firm in California. He is a climate blogger for The Guardian and Skeptical Science, and he has published several peer-reviewed climate papers. Nuccitelli holds a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in physics from the University of California at Davis.



"Climatology vs. Psuedoscience does something that has never been done before: it takes specific climate change projections made over the years by pioneering and mainstream climate scientists, and those made by skeptics, comparing them with subsequent temperature measurements to see which has proven a better predictor of what came to pass. . . . [Y]ou owe it to yourself to put your skepticism to the test by reading this book and learning just whose science has proven true."The Barrie Examiner

"Nuccitelli's writing is clear and his explanations lucid. . . . [T]he primary audience for this book is likely to be the much larger group of climate educators, communicators, and interested citizens looking for solid, well-reasoned arguments
against some of the most common contrarian claims. For them, this book will stand as a well-written and invaluable resource."National Center for Science Education

"The book includes the best available short account of the history of climate science and describes climate change models and controversies in brief but incisive and well-illustrated detail. . . . Nuccitelli's book is particularly valuable for its succinct treatment of key disputes without the heated rhetoric. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals and practitioners."Choice


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