Climate Basics coverClimate Basics: Nothing to Fear was first published in September 2018. The book contained no illustrations. One reader left a rave review on Amazon for the Kindle version, but said it would have been better if it had contained graphs to illustrate the data being discussed. The author thought it was such a great idea, he revised the book to include the suggested illustrations. As of this writing, we are preparing the new version to be available through Smashwords, which offers a text-only version. Because this version cannot include illustrations, we are providing a link in the book to this article so that the illustrations can be available online.

This book is a quick read—debunking the biggest lies about “climate change.” For more information on the book, see Climate Basics: Nothing to Fear.

Chapter 1: Wind

Graph of hurricane counts
Hurricanes (including typhoons) 1971–2016, from Dr. Ryan Maue. Notice the overall slightly downward trend in hurricane counts. Also notice that the count of major hurricanes is slightly up. This remains consistent with the idea that wind only blows because of temperature differences. As the Earth warms, the count reduces toward zero while the overall energy of hurricanes goes up. Eliminate all polar ice and we might have very few hurricanes—perhaps even zero.
Graph of strong US tornadoes
Strong US tornadoes (EF3–EF5) 1954–2014. Like hurricanes, tornado counts are also down. Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes don’t normally have the boost from cool winds passing over warmer waters. As polar ice is eliminated, tornadoes become increasingly rare.

Chapter 2: Rain

Map of Lake Megachad
Map showing the outline of Lake Megachad at its maximum extent during the Holocene Optimum. Image by Nick Drake, courtesy of King’s College.

Chapter 3: Beneficial Warmth

Graph of Holocene temperatures
This is a graph I developed from GIPS2 data using color coding to dramatize the cooling trend of the last 3,000 years. Warming alarmists imply that the Modern Warm Period is the hottest period of the Holocene. Clearly this is not the case. The Medieval Warm Period was the second coldest warm period and Vikings could grow crops in Greenland for hundreds of years. Today, Greenland has not yet reached the Viking standard.

Chapter 4: Causes of Warmth

Graph of temperature and CO2 from 1880-2010
Temperatures from NOAA, 1880–2010, with error bars on degree of certainty. Note that graphs in the 1970s showed far steeper cooling from 1940. This was what gave us the “Ice Age” scare back then. The CO2 graph was originally from 1750–2010. It has been trimmed and resized to match the NOAA graph time scale. Notice how CO2 and temperature have poor correlation with temperature going up and down while CO2 is only going up.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 10,700 years
10,700 years of temperature and CO2. This composite graph includes temperature proxy readings from Greenland (GISP2 site) and CO2 readings from EPICA Dome C (Antarctica) modified to match the time scale of the temperature graph. The original temperature graph had only 4 green bars. I added the additional green bars to show the periodicity of the major warming periods of the Holocene. I’ve also added the red lines for “Today’s Temperature” and the extended temperature graph from the end of the ice core temperature proxy. Notice how CO2 and temperature have very poor correlation on this time scale. Also, notice the strong cooling trend from the Minoan Warm Period (c.1100 BC).
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 400k years
400,000 years of temperature and CO2. This graph has been modified by placing both temperature and CO2 together for closer comparison. I’ve also added the sharp modern rise in CO2 to today’s level. Notice that despite the tight correlation on this time scale, there is not a commensurate spike in temperature to match the massive spike in carbon dioxide. The strong correlation on this time scale between temperature and CO2 is a function of temperature driving CO2 in and out of the oceans. The lack of a commensurate spike in temperature for today shows that the effect of CO2 on temperature is extremely weak, if it exists at all.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 67 Myrs
67 million years of temperature and CO2. Notice how low our current temperature is on the far right of the graph. And notice how CO2 and temperature have very poor correlation across most of the graph.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 750 Myrs
750 million years of temperature and CO2. Notice how temperature and carbon dioxide seem to have virtually no relationship at all. Without correlation, there can be no causation.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 4.5 billion years
4,500 million years of temperature and CO2 (4½ billion years). I’ve added temperature shading to emphasize how cool is today and how much most of Earth’s history has remained far, far warmer than today. During most of that time, life thrived. Warmth, within this range of temperatures, is good for life. Notice again how temperature and CO2 have virtually no correlation on this time scale. What little correlation there is remains accidental and not cause-and-effect.

Chapter 5: Dangerous Cooling

Graph of temperature and CO2 for 140k years
This is a detail from a far longer graph of temperature and CO2 proxies from Antarctica, going back 800,000 years. This has been modified by adding about 10,000 years from now, into the future to show what an Eemian cool-down would look like from the current 3,000-year cooling trend. The Eemian was the previous interglacial of the current Ice Age. The warmest period of the Eemian peaked about 128,000 years ago.

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