absorbing read is a good description of Howard Brady’s
Mirrors and Mazes…he has more than a hundred references to back up his
much richer take on the debate.
Brady has a fascinating penultimate chapter where he lists the latest
IPCC…claims therein, and gives them a score as to their
accuracy...Brady’s nailing of these statements is precise and
Don Aitkin, political scientist and writer
Vice-Chancellor, University of Canberra
is a wonderful book and easy to read. Dr Brady has gently and wisely
repositioned carbon dioxide into its correct scientific perspective in
the climate debate. He has with great knowledge explained for the lay,
and more technical reader, the complexities of earth's climate."
Richard Corbett, organic chemist
agree that this book is the most readable and balanced look at climate
change on the market recently. My sister always whines: "Where are your
facts?" as she spouts her talking points about any topic. Dr. Brady
supplies data for all his assumptions and claims while remaining
eminently readable. Well done!”
Dr. David B. Miller
“… not too long, just the book for a quiet afternoon, or to pass the time on that long plane trip…”
Roland Crook, non-scientist, realist!“
With much pleasure, I have now completed a run-through of your text. I
particularly enjoyed the sections on the Bruun Rule, climate modelling
and solar effects. The book reads extremely well and, crucially, is
just plain interesting.
Late Emeritus Professor Bob Carter (1942-2016), James Cook University
The International Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) has dominated debate on Global Warming (later
Climate Change) since its creation by the United Nations in 1988.
Brady’s book is largely an analysis of how they did it, and the
‘Mirrors and Mazes’ of the title refers to the tools used by magicians
to trick their audience. He covers the scientific information and a lot
more besides. I have read many books on climate change, but I found
much new material here
Emeritus Professor Cliff Ollier, University of Western Australia
(PDF file - shorter version) or here (PDF - longer version)
A new book is about to be released by Dr Howard Thomas Brady called - Mirrors and Mazes: a guide to the climate debate.
In Australia there are
two easy-to-read shorter books showing very different sides of the
climate debate. One was Tim Flannery’s - The Weather Makers - published in
2005. The other is this new book by Dr Howard Thomas Brady.
is indeed one of those rare book on climate: it is a
concise and clear reader, while also profoundly rich in its concepts,
analysis and scope, addressing the critical issues in the climate
debate. There are no distracting emotional attacks on
individuals. There is humour. There are some interesting stories. There
are straightforward analyses of questions we all ask: Is sea level
rising? Are the Poles melting? Are storms getting worse? Are
temperatures rising? How do climate models work? What about future
Dr Brady questions the
panic in the climate debate. His underlying theme is that the
sensitivity of the world’s climate system has been overstated by
climate models that multiply the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide
three times due to the effects of clouds and water vapour.
Dr Brady is an Australian
who was an Antarctic scientist years ago. He was on four expeditions to
Antarctica with the US Office of Polar Programs. His Masters of Science
and PhD theses were on the past geological history of Antarctica. As
recently as 2011, an American university presented him with its 2011
Alumnus Scientist of the Year Award for his contributions to climate
research; a rare award for an Australian.
Dr Brady’s career is
fascinating. He was a Catholic priest-scientist: now married with four
adult children. After a decade in Antarctic research Dr Brady went into
business and started a small oil company that the Australian Gaslight
Company (AGL) was to takeover in 2010. In another venture, Dr Brady
restructured a company and supplied rock to pave many of the plazas of
Sydney for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Since 2005 Dr Brady has returned to
science. For some of that time he was an Honorary Associate at
Macquarie University and for the rest he conducted private research on
coastal processes and sea level rise. Dr Brady was recently elected a
Member of the Australian Society of Forensic Sciences as he has had a
life-long interest in the analysis of accidents.
Dr Brady did not make any
friends in the Australian climate establishment when a few years ago he
criticised on national radio the high sea level projections of the
CSIRO. He was taken to task by the ABC on an Australian National
Television program called Media Watch. Dr Brady was carefully quoting
detailed research on sea level by the US Army Corps of Engineers. In
retrospect Dr Brady was correct. Tide gauge data all around the world
show that the sea level is rising, but not accelerating.
Interestingly Dr Brady,
despite many years in the oil and gas industry, is adamant that
Alternative Energy Technology must be developed and that the long-term
use of fossil fuels is unsustainable. He welcomes the installation of a
variety of experimental alternative energy plants. However, he
criticises the present climate panic that has led to the large-scale
industrial development of expensive infant technologies with subsidies
that are ballooning the national debt in many countries.
The public should look forward to this great book that will be available in late February.
Emeritus Professor Peter G Flood PhD (Qld), MAusIMM, IEM (Harvard)