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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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  • 08-05-2021

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
  • 11-05-2021

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-2021

sober analysis

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

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  • mike v
  • 15-05-2021

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
  • 05-06-2021

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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  • S Pearson
  • 03-06-2021

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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  • Charles From Sonoma
  • 31-05-2021

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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  • Joseph Bordelon
  • 30-05-2021

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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  • Sooner Fan
  • 31-05-2021

A Must Read!

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

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  • Augusto
  • 22-09-2021

A good read/listening experience

I was skeptical that someone from the Obama Energy Department would give a fair review of the issues involved, but Mr. Koonin has indeed done so in an intelligible and interesting way. I think the one shortcoming in his presentation is the concentration on the recent past as opposed to the geologic past, but I think he gets to the right conclusions in spite of that. It’s refreshing to note that he is willing to lean into the wind on “consensus “ and defend the skeptics who risk their livelihoods to defend the scientific method, and the lack of certainly that results therefrom. His summary of the issues and his resulting recommendations are worthy of our attention. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with those of us who are not scientifically trained and who rely on those who are to provide an honest description of the issues at hand and our options of addressing them.

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  • SwissTony
  • 17-11-2021

Real science rather than "the science"

Steven Koonin lays out soberly how certain we are about climate change and it's consequences. Some will disagree but they will mostly be activists not scientists

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  • A. McLaren
  • 26-08-2021

Koonin easily beats David Wallace Wells...

My view totally reaffirmed after reading this book.
1. Temperature increase of 1 degree from 150 years ago TO DATE is not unusual or an amount of concern, and in fact has largely been beneficial to humans.
2. Temperature FUTURE predictions are unscientific and will almost all be proven wrong.

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  • N E Body
  • 22-08-2021

should be a game changer

You need to read this book. Science is being corrupted in the service of dodgy politics and public need for millenarianism being catered to by a morally bankrupt press.

The process needs to be rapidly unwound before it ends our civilization. That's the existential threat, not the climates eternal stately and ultimately uncontrollable changes.

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  • Kefuddle
  • 29-07-2021

A Vitally Important Book

This is vitally important. Especially when read with Shellenberger's "Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All"

Excellently structured and explained. I think this book will be accessible for anyone. Koonin shows that there is no evidence at all for man-made climate change. Whilst Shellenberger shows that the green measures we put in place, actually do real environmental damage.

Having read the IPCC reports for the last couple of decades and being absolutely stunned at the total and complete gulf between the nuanced, cautious, heavily caveated science and the proclamations of apocalypse in "Summary for Policymakers" and amplified and exaggerated reports in the media, I am not surprised at all.

For those with the motivation and ability to digest the actual source data and reports, this book will come as no surprise.

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