His [Steven Koonin’s] The book is important, full of real information and insights. One of his main messages is that there is much more uncertainty than many climate scientists about where the climate is going, and even a high percentage of people in the media are willing to admit it. And the good news is that even the significant long-term economic impact of global warming will be small.
Among the scientific sources Kunin uses to make his case are reports drawn up by journalists at the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The difference is that Quinn spells out what the reports actually say, where reporters selectively draw from the reports in a way that – according to Quinn – confuses the reader. This will probably come as a surprise to most people, for example, the oceans are still growing slowly, forest fires have not become more common and hurricanes are not as frequent as they were 100 years ago. Kunin, who agrees that the earth has warmed and will probably warm up, considers various options to reduce global warming. He showed how difficult it would be, especially in developing countries, to reach net zero emissions by 2050 or even 2075. So he considered various alternative ways to reduce global warming and the idea of adapting to global warming.
This is David R. From Henderson, “Good Argument About Global Warming,” Financial and economic review, Volume. 21, Issue 2, June 2022.
One of the biggest human concerns is that global warming glaciers will melt and, therefore, the world average sea level will rise. The aforementioned CSSR adds to the concern that the average after 1993 grew much faster than before, with a subsequent increase of 7 centimeters. Kunin wondered if anyone could find a recent 25-year period where sea levels were also rising rapidly. He found one, during the period from 1935 to 1960, when the average increased by 6 centimeters. Quinn argues that one should look at the whole period and not the “cherry peak” period where sea levels have risen particularly rapidly. Quinn noted that he sent his critiques to the lead author of the CSSR report, Don Webbs of the University of Illinois and Robert Cop of Rutgers University, the lead author of the CSSR chapter on sea level rise. Both, he writes, agree with his critics, though claiming that they would have raised it in their report, but it is too late.