Crichton Thriller State of Fear Essay

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Crichton Thriller State of Fear Michael Crichton's book State of Fear has characters debating data (complete with graphs and footnotes) and concepts that cast doubt on the validity of global warming evidence. This doubt is echoed in the author's message at the end of the novel and in public interviews. Readers may understandably take away some misconceptions from his book. To clear up these misconceptions, we have selected some representative cases to discuss; the list below, however, is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the errors in Crichton's book. How was Michael Crichton able to take the same data that climate scientists use and come to the conclusion that global warming isn't a real threat? State of Fear uses graphs that don't show a warming trend. How can specific locations show cooling if global warming is happening? What is the "urban heat island effect" and is it contributing to warming? Crichton argues that C02 in the atmosphere is not closely correlated with warming trends. So why is C02 blamed as a greenhouse gas? Several times Crichton notes that glaciers are expanding not retreating. Is this accurate or only part of the story? Michael Crichton says we can't predict the future. Does this preclude our taking steps to reduce heat trapping gas emissions? Why do we have to act now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels? 1. How was Crichton able to take the same data that climate scientists use and come to the conclusion that global warming isn't a real threat? Anyone can delve into the climate literature and come to a deeper understanding of global climate change evidence. Yet the literature examples Crichton picked, and the way they are presented, seem to make a case against global warming. Scientists with climate expertise have considered not just the narrow sampling of the scientific literature that Crichton cites but many

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