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Interested in a wide range of books? A new Ottawa club Alta Vista Bookworms needs 4-6 people. If lots of moms are interested, can also start a "moms only with kids" book club. September 14, 2018

Long-time Ottawa bookclub Spines and Wines searches for 2-3 open-minded nerds to join their discussions. April 15, 2018

How lovely to discuss books over brunch! You need to live in Toronto to join Matchbook Book Club. November 30, 2017

Any Calgarians interested in joining a bookclub? For a variety of discussion tones, visit The Vine & Verse. November 27, 2017

Montrealers needed for Women Fiction Wine bookclub. Being a wine drinker is optional! August 10, 2017

Reading selections for this coming season at Northern Escape Book Club, located in Chapleau, Ontario. June 1, 2017

Updated book list at The Bent Pages. December 20, 2016

Bookclub friends in Ottawa looking for new bookclub friends at the social book clubNovember 3, 2016

Bringing together intellectual fellowship during the day, the Ottawa South Town Readers is looking for members.  November 2, 2016

Mystery Lovers of Toronto welcomes anyone who just loves mysteries. September 5, 2016

Looking for a few more people to join the Women from Orleans book club. Located just out of Ottawa, we are an open-hearted group. February 1, 2016

Book review completed for The Humana Chronicles and The Dream Nation by Michael Bellusci. July 20, 2015

Book review completed for Guts: Get Uncomfortable to Succeed by Betty Franklin, RN. May 7, 2015

The Aurora Women's Book Club will accept women of any age, interested in classics to guilty pleasures! April 24, 2015

The Unputdownable Book Club appeared on The Social! March 7, 2015

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The Rimbey Library Book Club

Located in Rimbey, Alberta this book club meets the last Thursday of every month (except in December) from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The members generally pick one book to read and discuss each month. Please call the Rimbey Library at 403-843-2841 for more information or visit more...

Who is protesting too much on climate change?

All this scoffing at climate change deniers or whatever they are called motivated me take another look at the climate issue. The argument is fierce. "Me thinks he doth protest too much," wrote William Shakespeare. And in this debate, exactly who is protesting too much?

The personal putdowns and attacks are harsh at the people who contradict the mainstream thought. The mainstream believes we are dealing with increasingly high temperature because of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) gases. And the smaller, vilified opposition believes that C02 is a minority gas, and that the world's temperature is not increasing but cooling.

The almost universal agreement across many sectors that the carbon tax is the answer makes me nervous. Is this a sign that something, politically motivated, is happening? The way mainstream sketches skeptics including scientists turns this whole debate away from science into some other realm.

There are three main problems that I have centralized on the climate argument.

1) One is that that graphs used to indicate the warmest ever are truncated temperature graphs based on averages of climate models, from the year 1979 and onwards. Note, I said climate models, so not actually based on actual temperatures. A couple things wrong in this first point alone. According to Darrell Huff in How to Lie with Statistics, truncated line or bar graphs are not to be trusted. Where is all that historical weather data. I know it exists prior to 1979 as the weather person always gives the highest and lowest temperature, some years go way back before the 1900s. In fact, Environment Canada proudly pegs the highest and lowest, just plug in your city and scroll down.

Which begs the question: why do "they" start with the year 1979 which they say proves, with their truncated graph, that there is global warming? What happens to the temperature chart when you include early temperatures? What about in Europe where they have been gathering temperature data before the late 1800s? What does European temperature trends picture when all years are plotted? The temperature graphs from surface (HadCrut) and satellite (UAH) data actually show a cooling.

2) Should water vapour be considered in the climate change? The global warming people say it is irrelevant. And the global cooling people say it is a major factor. Since our bodies are predominately water, 62%, and the earth's surface is comprised of 70% water, I believe water vapour has to be a factor. But the question is whether it is measured as one of earth's atmospheric gases. Perhaps measuring water vapour is too complex, making it difficult to measure. How are evaporation, and wind measured and calculated into the global warming/cooling theory? If all these factors are unmeasured and existing historical temperatures ignored, then mainstream proponents for global warming are preparing us for the wrong future, one that is not a possibility.

3) What about this Canadian carbon tax that is being implemented in every province except Saskatchewan? Where is all this money going? From reading various articles, every province appears to have the money going into their General Account which means the money can be used for anything. In all likelihood, the new taxed income would not be used to lower carbon levels at all, but for other things the individual governments need, to use as they see fit. Once you follow the money, it becomes clear the end result has nothing to do with carbon, and everything to do with adding to government coffers.

Too many elements and factors about our climate are unanswered. Our world is vast with so many variables. Weather stations are rare on the oceans and in many parts of the world. Data from ice cores taken from Greenland are just starting to be extrapolated. But analysis points to a warmer time period thousands of years ago, to higher C02 thousands of years ago. In fact, once you look at the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, this carbon worry is extraneous.

This may have just started answering some of the questions that you felt you just couldn't answer before. If you are looking for more answers, I would suggest Dr. Tim Ball's book for laypeople called Human Caused Global Warming: The Biggest Deception in History: The Why, What, Where, When, and How it Was Achieved. Dr. Tim Hall is a Canadian climate scientist, originally from Manitoba. After receiving his PhD in Historical Climatology from the University of London, England, Ball ended up teaching at the University of Winnipeg. His website includes other books, and articles.

Also check out a classic, an easy-to-read handbook called How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff, originally printed in 1954.

©Gayle Knutson
CanadianBookClubs.com
April 13, 2018

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