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Here is Dr. Patrick Moore's description of his unique thesis as presented in Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom

"It dawned on me one day that most of the scare stories in the media today are based on things that are either invisible, like CO2 and radiation, or very remote, like polar bears and coral reefs. Thus, the average person cannot observe and verify the truth of these claims for themselves. They must rely on activists, the media, politicians, and scientists - all of whom have a huge financial and/or political interest in the subject - to tell them the truth. This is my effort, after 50 years as a scientist and environmental activist, to expose the misinformation and outright lies used to scare us and our children about the future of the Earth. Direct observation is the very basis of science. Without verified observation it is not possible to know the truth. That is the sharp focus of this book." 

A key target audience is parents who do not approve of the "progressive" school curriculum and its alarmism about the future of civilization and the natural world. Dr. Moore hopes these parents will listen to his book and pass it on to their high-school and older children to give them an alternative to the bleak future predicted by the prophets of doom. Many other audiences will also find the book informative and convincing. 

In 11 chapters, the listener is clearly shown that citizens are being misinformed by many environmental doomsday prophesies, ones they cannot verify for themselves. We are told that nuclear energy is very dangerous when the numbers prove it is one of the safest technologies. We are told polar bears will go extinct soon when their population has been growing steadily for nearly 50 years. We are told that there is something harmful in genetically modified food crops when it is invisible, has no name and no chemical formula. We are told severe forest fires are caused by climate change when they are actually caused by poor management of fuel load (dead wood) in the forest. We are told that all the coral reefs will die by 2100 when in fact the most diverse coral reefs are found in the warmest oceans in the world. And of course, we are told that invisible CO2 from using fossil fuels, accounting for more than 80 percent of our energy supply, will make the Earth too hot for life. All of these scare stories, and many more, are simply not true. And this book will convince you, your family, and your colleagues of that. There is no substitute for the truth. 

Dr. Patrick Moore was one of the co-founders of Greenpeace and sailed on the first Greenpeace campaign against US H-bomb tests in Alaska. Upon receiving his PhD in ecology, he spent 15 years in the top committee of Greenpeace and led many of its environmental campaigns. Greenpeace began as a group of volunteers with noble intentions. Over the years, it became very successful with campaigns to save the whales, stop the mass slaughter of baby seals, prevent toxic dumping into the air, water, and earth, and many more. Greenpeace found itself in the early 1980s with more than $100 million coming in annually and close to 1,000 people on the payroll. It had become a business and fundraising moved to the top of the priority list. New campaigns were more about using sensationalism, misinformation and fear to attract donations. Dr. Moore said good-bye in 1986 as Greenpeace was turning into a racket peddling junk science. Since then he has strived to be a sensible environmentalist, basing his beliefs on sound science and logical thinking. This book is the culmination of 50 years of learning during Dr. Moore's multi-faceted quest for the truth about environmental issues.

©2021 Patrick Moore (P)2021 Patrick Moore

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The choice of narrator is appalling

I'm amazed I got so far through the book to be honest. The content itself is good, but dear Lord, the narrator made listening to it an absolute ordeal. It sounds like she's never actually read the book before and takes the wrong tone or just plain reads sentences incorrectly with bizarre emphases in the wrong place. And she does that infuriating American half-chuckle at something that she thinks you should find funny. I would suggest they redo the recording with someone else.

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A breath of fresh air!

A refreshing alternative to the fake climate stories we are now being bombarded with in the media each day, and the drivel on climate our children are being taught in schools. A far more balanced take on the subject.

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enlightening informative essential

you need to read/ listen to this to get to the truth of climate panic.

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Get this book

Great listen. A totally different angle. A must read if you are worried about the future.

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Worth a listen

Very interesting and seemingly well informed take on the climate issues facing the world.

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Difficult read

Seemed like a ramble of an angry biased old man. Lots of one sided arguments felt like propaganda. I had hopes for an alternative view on climate change but I got a lot of nonsense. The worst part was about GMOs, as farmer that does not poison the soil, I have seen the detrimental affects chemical mono agriculture does to our water the soil and the ecosystem not to mention the affects to near by organic growers. Anyhow I couldn’t finish the book didn’t want to waste anymore of my time.

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a great counterbalance to Climate Alarmists

so many good points raised, exposing all the hype and lies of the environmentalists... a must read!

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worth the read

A very well researched book, good to hear a balanced opinion for a change,

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  • 08-07-21

Interesting

One thing that annoys me about these issues is a scornful attitude, from either side. It indicates a closed mind to me. This was certainly read with a scornful tone. I was amazed that nuclear power was discussed as a positive with no mention of the issue of the highly toxic waste created that must be somehow stored and maintained. According to Vandana Shiva the issue with golden rice and big corporation seeds is about seed patents and corporate theft ...and the fact that
vitamin A produced in golden rice is minimal. I think that global warming is a scare tactic perpetrated by the wealthy on the general public, but I wonder about Mr. Moore's agenda too. He is no longer the idealistic young rebel and seems to be willing to support some very questionable big corporate games. Finally this should not be an audio book unless a pdf is provided since it is full of references to charts and tables and I assume pictures. Buy hard copy, it was not completely without merit and keep an open mind.

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  • T-Morgan Jr.
  • 26-06-21

Fantastic, TRUTH-filled and honest read!

I wish so many people were not believing all of the blatant lies of the made up religion of "Climate change", "Global warming" or whatever the lying left calls it now?! Reading / listening to this wonderful book will help open some eyes, minds and hearts Lord willing. 🙏

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  • Mark Wood
  • 24-06-21

Wow, herein is incredible insight.

Unfortunately the title will put many people off whom should read the material. Inside are a lot of details left out “in the narrative”. For instance did you know that our planet is actually at its lowest level of atmospheric CO2 of its existence and that the current level is marginally above the minimum level of plant survivability? I surely didn’t . Or that many times in the past where the species of today the levels were many times greater than they currently are? That much I did know.

We are truly being manipulated and primarily for the profit of the people and originations doing the perpetrating. As a scientist, I am already tuned to much of this and this book helped bridge some of the knowledge gaps for me.

This is a book well worth the read or the listen.

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  • Eric Solano
  • 01-09-21

Climate chang concerns? Then this is a must

Climate chang concerns? Then this is a must. It is science heavy but that what is needed to combat disinformation

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  • Sara
  • 24-08-21

Some truths...

I decided to listen to this book because I saw it sitting on my inlaw's countertop. I leafed through it and thought I would give it a go. I found some of the chapters compelling like the chapter on GMOs and golden rice and the last chapter on the walruses. As far as GMOs go, I think their harm depends on the organism that has been changed and what has been changed about that organism. For example, golden rice would help a lot of people. Plants that use less water would also be great for helping farmers and the environment. Others are created with good intentions but may also have drawbacks, like roundup-ready crops. There is a reason monarch butterflies are on the label: fields are so "clean" that many pollinators are struggling (this is a simplistic explanation, more goes into it than that, but it is part of the issue). Some chapters seemed to hold some truths but also weren't being completely honest.

Here is a link to an article I found that fact-checked the book. It doesn't talk about what he got right, it does talk about some of the issues in this book. The Tyee - Fact-Checking Patrick Moore, Climate Skeptic https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/06/04/Fact-Checking-Patrick-Moore-Climate-Skeptic/.

So maybe there is no garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that you could walk on. It is mostly microplastics that have broken down in the water column that are there because of the ocean gyre which is the ocean current. They are sort of like eddies in a river. But there is still plenty of plastic in the oceans which is a pity, large plastics can be seen near shore in countries with poor sanitation. When I was in the Peace Corps I swam through one during a race which was disgusting. I don't think that the way we treat the oceans is something to be proud of and I think it is pretty early to be making claims that it is harmless to animals. If the plastic passes through them maybe it doesn't cause any long-term damage, but what if it gets stuck? What if it is sharp? I was able to find this episode on Ocean Plastics from the Skeptoid podcast - https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4665. Also, it appears that many Albatross chicks succumb to lead poisoning - https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/seabirds/laysan-albatrosses-plastic-problem and scientists are still studying the plastics to see how much of an issue they are for the birds. I thought the book was unfair to basically conclude that it isn't an issue when the jury is still out.

It would be nice to think that we didn't need to worry about climate change, the harm to coral reefs, extinction rates, etc. People can't really destroy the world, but we can make it uninhabitable for certain organisms and most likely just uncomfortable for people as a whole (doubt that people will go extinct because of it). But this book mainly focused on the climate change part of the equation, not about social justice issues (poor communities are the most polluted and have the fewest trees, they are suffering the greatest from climate change), what taking coal and other non-renewable resources out of the earth does to the surrounding landscape, etc. The Earth is populated by more than just humans, I hope we are responsible enough to think about all the other life, not just ourselves.



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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-21

Great insights

The content of this book is great, a tad difficult to follow at times for a layman, but the author has done his bit in making everything as simple as possible. As for the narration, I would have preferred it to be a bit more deadpan, given the political context of this discussion, but that's just me.

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  • J. Phelps
  • 28-07-21

Superb Critical Analysis

If only we could require this book in all high schools in the US we could put an end to the brainwashing of future generations. Unfortunately the powers that be in education and more importantly social media will block, censure, & ban this book along with any informed discussion.

The truths presented here, backed up with facts and data, will be relegated to the book burning pile and doxing and canceling of anybody who advocates from the embedded truths.

A must read (listen) for anybody who wants to know and understand the ongoing denial, weaponization, and academic censorship happening when it comes to science of all types. And in particular climatology, environmental movements, or just plain media sensationalism.

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  • Alex
  • 03-07-21

Etcetera

You should not be able to get a job narrating an audio book until you have learned to correctly pronounce common words, like etcetera. Your accent is no excuse for pronouncing letters or syllables which do not exist.