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"Surging sea levels are inundating the coasts."

"Hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming fiercer and more frequent."

"Climate change will be an economic disaster."

You've heard all this presented as fact. But according to science,  all of these statements are profoundly misleading.

When it comes to climate change, the media, politicians, and other prominent voices have declared that "the science is settled." In reality, the long game of telephone from research to reports to the popular media is corrupted by misunderstanding and misinformation. Core questions - about the way the climate is responding to our influence, and what the impacts will be - remain largely unanswered. The climate is changing, but the why and how aren't as clear as you've probably been led to believe. 

Now, one of America's most distinguished scientists is clearing away the fog to explain what science really says (and doesn't say) about our changing climate. In Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters, Steven Koonin draws upon his decades of experience - including as a top science advisor to the Obama administration - to provide up-to-date insights and expert perspective free from political agendas. 

Fascinating, clear-headed, and full of surprises, this book gives listeners the tools to both understand the climate issue and be savvier consumers of science media in general. Koonin takes listeners behind the headlines to the more nuanced science itself, showing us where it comes from and guiding us through the implications of the evidence. He dispels popular myths and unveils little-known truths: despite a dramatic rise in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures actually decreased from 1940 to 1970. What's more, the models we use to predict the future aren't able to accurately describe the climate of the past, suggesting they are deeply flawed. 

Koonin also tackles society's response to a changing climate, using data-driven analysis to explain why many proposed "solutions" would be ineffective, and discussing how alternatives like adaptation and, if necessary, geoengineering will ensure humanity continues to prosper. Unsettled is a reality check buoyed by hope, offering the truth about climate science that you aren't getting elsewhere - what we know, what we don't, and what it all means for our future. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Steven E. Koonin (P)2021 BenBella Books

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  • edd
  • 2021-08-21

comprehensive discussion

of climate change. he gets into details of science and how it is politized. looks for solutions

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Very insightful book

Loved it.

The biggest takeaways for me is it only takes a quick Google search of the actual data to realize that someone is selling headlines.

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Must reading for STEM and polisci students.

While science and political science students should have this on their reading list anyone interested in the climate and the effects of politics and media on science should read this too. I can’t say enough about Steve Koonin’s methodology to lead you through the maze of information and how it has been represented as a sales pitch. Enjoy.

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Climate science unsettled? Yes and very much so.

Much of the Western World's media, activist and political life is obsessed by concern about climate change, yet there are few forums for a rational discussion of the subject. For example, Canada's government has viewed the current pandemic as an opportunity to redesign the economy, "build back better" under the assumption that even the most alarmist climate model predictions are definitive scientific climate facts. This laughable obsession over Canada's mere 1.5% contribution to world CO2 levels, has slowed and even put at risk Canada's Covid-19 pandemic response. Bill Gates' new book "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster" simply feeds the frenzy assuming an alarming level of crisis while spending no time on a review of the science, merely diving directly into "solutions." (Thanks Bill. It took you 15 years to duplicate imperfectly Apple's Macintosh user interface. Its a little rich for you to assume you can develop a "theory of everything" for our climate in a fraction of that time without spending any serious time learning the science.) Into this alarmist hysteria comes Steven Koonin not with any new science sources, but just a careful examination of what the establishment IPCC's scientists are actually saying and not saying. He shows how the media, politicians and climate activists have not only magnified but distorted, withheld, if not directly lied about the available IPCC data findings. Koonin does this by examining directly what the actual findings are on common concerns including, among others, frequency of hurricanes and tornados, new temperature records, rising ocean levels and the effects of C02's ppm rise both positive (on agriculture) and negative (temperature rise -- but much more muted than climate modeling programs predict). Hopefully this book helps replace the currently largely uninformed and heated conversations in the West with rational evidence-based conversations.

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  • Russ
  • 2021-05-08

Excellent science based

Very informative and made me aware of how certain groups misuse data or cherry pick to push an agenda. People are smart enough to make up their own mind when given all the facts.

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  • John Walton
  • 2021-05-11

Very useful book

A thoughtful counter to climate hysteria. Really like how he dissects graphs that purport to show rapid warming and larger storms using clear methodologies and data. As someone who has worked on large models I have to agree that modelers think too highly of their often speculative model results.

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  • Nina Miller
  • 2021-07-07

not worth it

The language in the introduction sent up red flags in my brain, so I googled some critical reviews of the book. These do it great:
https://c-changeconversations.org/news/review-of-unsettled/
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/05/a-critical-review-of-steven-koonins-unsettled/
The author uses the classic strawman technique to undermine the ability of actual climate scientists to speak out against his book. While educating the reader on the uses and misuses of data, he suggests that it is done so by scientists themselves. However, his interaction with climate scientists looks rather limited to a number of persons. So it is unfair to implicate climate scientists as a group in this offense. A stroll through climate science (actual science, ran by universities and reputable research groups) will show that no scientists are hiding the fact that there are uncertainties associated with climatology. There certainly are things that have been misrepresented *in* the media, and it was good for the author to point them out. Uncertainties are inherent in any data collection, and it's good for the general public to understand data uncertainty and what it means. But those two factors are in no way redeeming for the book. The author almost cherry picks the presence of uncertainties and unresolved questions, not representing the bigger picture of how the existing evidence comes together. It is true that one does not have to be an expert in the field to have some understanding of it, but in a complicated field of climatology, one has to have experience interpreting the data in order to interpret it. To me, s
this book is a waste of time.

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  • S Pearson
  • 2021-06-03

Uncommon common sense

I’ve been interested in environmental and energy policy for more than 50 years and I’ve followed both sides of the climate debate for over 20 years. Steven Koonin has done a masterful job of making the arcane jargon of climate science clear and understandable for everyone. If you would like an honest fresh look at what the real data shows then read or listen to this book and then form your own opinion. Finally, the graphs in the accompanying PDF are very informative.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-05-23

sober analysis

THE book that could rationally inform climate policy--if it can break thru dominant media propaganda

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  • mike v
  • 2021-05-15

this book settled it for me

If only other issues under debate would be treated like this one clarifies "global warming" using intelligence, science and the courage of true freedom of speech, we'd be so much better off.

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  • Dave
  • 2021-06-05

Informative read

Remarkably a-political for such a polarizing topic. Author does a really good job of using examples to establish his reasoning for why you should look closely at the data. Believe he genuinely wants to get the most precise and accurate information so everyone can use that data as the starting point for discussions on where we go from here. Will recommend to friends.

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  • Charles From Sonoma
  • 2021-05-31

At Last!

I have been waiting many years for this book. It is an intelligent, informed, and comprehensive dive into the world of climate science. The Audible narrator’s presentation is clear and unobtrusive; his tone is appropriate to the subject. A pleasure to read from beginning to end.

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  • Sooner Fan
  • 2021-05-31

A Must Read!

A Must read for all, alarmists, deniers, and everyone in between. Precise, non-ideological, and readable.

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  • Joseph Bordelon
  • 2021-05-30

Awesome, educational and courageous defense of the Importance of the integrity of the scientific method

This is a n honest review of climate science and the short comings of our media , politics, and even our experts. He did not spare or favor any group. I would hope my children and grandchildren have an opportunity to read it.

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