The Science of Climate Change
Wiley-Scrivener 1. Aufl.
It has long been recognized that science is the pursuit of knowledge, knowledge is power, and power is political. However, the fantasy of science being apolitical is a hallmark legacy of the enlightenment era, an era that romanticized pursuit of knowledge, disconnected from the baggage of power, politics, and dogmatic assertions. Yet, while the age of information has exponentially increased our access to knowledge, we can see, as clearly as ever, that scientific knowledge is neither apolitical nor dogma-free, and it certainly is not disconnected from power. It is hard to imagine another era when the separation between science and politics has been this blurred as it is today. At the same time, it is true that no other topic than climate change has been so politically charged, with one side dominating the scientific narration and branding anyone opposing the mainstream as a “climate change denier,” and the other standing in staunch defiance that climate change exists. In an age of political and scientific turmoil, how can we navigate out way to coming towards a more objective understanding of the scientific issues surrounding the climate change debate? This book presents the current debate of climate change as scientifically futile, on both sides of the scientific, and often, political, spectrum. The climate change debate has become like obesity, cancer, diabetes or opioid addiction, which is to say that the debate should not be if these maladies exist, but rather, what causes them. Instead of looking for the cause and making adjustments to remove those causes from our lifestyle, a combination of the capitalist drive towards mass production and a lack of identifying the roots of the problems, new solutions, or substitutes, have been proposed as “quick fixes” to the problems. This book identifies the root causes of climate change and shows that climate change is real and it is also preventable, but that it can be reversed only if we stop introducing pollutants in the ensuing greenhouse gases. The book brings back common sense and grounds scientists to the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, while at the same time disconnecting politicking and hysteria from true scientific analysis of the phenomenon of global climate.
M. R. Islam, Ph.D. is the President of Emertec Research and Development Ltd. and an adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, where he was Canada's first Killam Chair in petroleum engineering from 2000 to 2005. Prior to this, Professor Islam was the first NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) professor of engineering at the University of Regina, where he was the program leader of petroleum engineering. He was instrumental in establishing the Petroleum Technology Research Center (PTRC) and the Greenhouse Gas Technology Center (GTC) in Regina. In the 30+ years of his professional career, Professor Islam has held faculty positions with seven different universities and supervised over 150 research students and post-doctoral fellows. He is also the author of dozens of books and hundreds of scholarly papers, in a variety of fields and areas. M.M. Khan, Ph.D., P.Eng. is a pioneer of zero-waste engineering. He received his PhD from University of Alberta, M.Sc. from Dalhousie University, and B.Sc. from BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology), in chemical engineering. In his 20 years of professional career, he taught in BUET and held several research positions with government and industry funded projects such as the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF), NSERC, Canadian Centre for Clean Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies (CMPT), BP Americas, and Schlumberger on the topics of sustainable development, greenhouse gas mitigation, carbon dioxide capture and sequestration, and coal gasification. He has co-authored dozens of research publications and five books on the topics of energy and the environment. He has lectured around the world in conferences and technical meetings. He is a professional engineer, registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA).
Written by two scientists at the forefront of the science of climate change, this groundbreaking new study takes a vastly different and more sustainable approach to the explanations, discussions, and rational decision-making surrounding one of the most important issues of our time. Today, a 97% consensus exists amongst scientists to the effect that climate change is a threat to humanity. At no time in history has there been such a great consensus in a matter of science, with so little knowledge of the actual scientific investigations. The 97% proponents of climate change all agree that a combination of carbon taxes, subsidizing more renewable energy technologies, and taxing or simply avoiding carbon-based energy is the solution that will bring about changes and avert a certain collapse of the ecosystem. On the other hand, the 3%, branded as "climate change deniers" are 100% confident that status quo will work itself out and this current crisis will pass, just like any other apoplectic hysteria that routinely make the rounds in the social discourse. This book offers an objective review of the logic behind finding the root cause of global warming, and pinpoints the sources in all of our current day practices, including agriculture. This book answers questions that have eluded all previous scientists and answers them without resorting to dogmatic or politically charged interpretations. As such, the book examines current scientific theories and deconstructs them by highlighting their inherent futility. The entire book is an analysis of in-depth scientific investigation and offers conclusions that provide a more objective understanding of the subject-matter. This volume is guaranteed to spur new research ideas that will eventually condemn the current practices and lead to developing sustainable technologies rather than continuing with current practices based in the aimless collection of public funds in order to squander in processes that will likely worsen the climate change scenario. This breakthrough new volume: It is the first book that undertakes an objective investigation of the research questions at hand without an a priori agenda Offers scientific analysis of all potential reasons behind material contamination that contributes to imbalance in greenhouse gas composition in the ecosystem Offers a dogma-free scientific analysis of current energy and agricultural practices involving heat and mass transfer in the context of global warming Answers all major questions related to global warming and climate change with logical and coherent explanations Discusses the politics behind carbon taxes and presents a deconstruction of the science that has been presented to justify it Shows how true sustainability with carbon energy sources can be achieved with greater efficiency and a smaller footprint than so-called renewable energy
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