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Bob's book

One of the blogs I've been struggling to get the time to read for quite some time now is Bob Tisdale's. This is Climate Audit territory - lots of graphs, lots of statistics, lots of reading to do before you can understand the full story. Like Climate Audit it's a site that cries out for an introductory text to enable newbies to catch up with the story that has gone before.

Fortunately, Bob Tisdale has now produced a book, which I'm currently working my way through. There are still lots of graphs and lots of statistics, but it's written in a good accessible fashion and I'm getting a great deal from it.

Buy the PDF here or Kindle versions here (US) or here (UK).


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Reader Comments (14)

And a great cover picture by Josh.

Apr 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

It's been out some time now and reads well but definitely needs a more catchier title. Sorry Bob

Apr 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM | Unregistered Commenterstephen richards

No mention of Svesmarks latest paper 'Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth' ? See the link over a t Nigel Calders page. This paper revolutionises our understanding of how climate affects life on earth.

Apr 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

A link to the Svensmark paper is at the foot of the article linked below on Lovelocks 'I was wrong'

Apr 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Unregistered Commenterjazznick

Downloaded and reading it between imperatives re Sunday chores from she-who-must-be-obeyed. The title may be long-winded, but the content is pure gold. Deserves to join the bookshelf with HSI, Climate Extremes and a few others.

Apr 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

I've never heard of this book before, so thanks for the heads up. I've just downloaded and started reading and like what I've seen so far. Good explanations of the state of the science and it highlights clearly the weaknesses in the assumptions of the IPCC which they prefer to gloss over, as the book title implies, with salesman smoothness.

Apr 29, 2012 at 2:58 PM | Registered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

Better Title - "Selling Global Warming"
.... & other little "Black" lies ..(think BBC)

Apr 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterNo2BS

Bob's latest post well worth reading has quite an interesting surprise!

"What Do Observed Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies and Climate Models Have In Common Over The Past 17 Years?"

"One word answer: NOTHING!!!!"

Also posted at WUWT

Apr 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Bishop Hill: Many thanks for the post and kind words.

stephen richards: The title seemed appropriate at the time. Too late now.


Apr 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterBob Tisdale

You laugh at the cartoon - but I have just launched a formal complaint before our Advertising Standards Authority regarding an advert placed by the Department of Environmental Affairs headed "More climate change means less water." Read about the complaint at

Apr 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Iceman Cometh

the problem with Tisdale is that he does not develop an argument very well. A succession of graphs with a few cryptic comments does not develop an argument unless the reader is prepared to sit through and digest. By the time he gets to the point, I have generally switched off.

Frankly, I just want to know the conclusion, see the evidence, see the arguments and make up my own mind. And then, maybe, I will delve into the greater detail.

Apr 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

diogenes: I’ll keep your comment in mind for my posts and my next book, which is solely about ENSO. Early on I was asked to add overviews and conclusions, which I now do for most posts. I don’t bother for the sea surface temperature and ocean heat content updates.

Since many people simply scroll down, looking at the graphs in my posts, I used to add notes to most of them. An example is the primary illustration in my recent post:

The notations helped readers determine the topics of discussion and they cut down on the number of off-topic comments. But I was criticized for the notes, and as they did take up addition time in preparation of the post, I stopped.

BTW: The book does include a pretty detailed Table of Contents, so you could scroll down through it looking for the topics you want to explore. See pages 7-10 here:

And again, I’ll keep your comment in mind.


Apr 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterBob Tisdale

thanks Bob. It's an old army trick. Each speech should cover 3 things.

1/ Tell the audience what you will say.
2/ Say it.
3/ Then tell the audience what they have heard.

Apr 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

diogenes: I'm old but not old army. That must be the problem.


Apr 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterBob Tisdale

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