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"An 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 destructive."


Don Aitkin, political scientist and writer
Vice-Chancellor, University of Canberra
(1991-2002)


"This 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

"I 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
Read here (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.

This 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 climate shocks?

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)

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