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1. Dr. Peter Langdon Ward earned a BA at Dartmouth College and a PhD at Columbia University in geophysics. He worked 27 years at the United States Geological Survey, leading a group of more than 140 scientists and staff and playing a lead role in establishing and initially leading a major national research program. He chaired a committee at the White House, worked on a committee for Vice President Gore, and testified before Congress in 2004 and in 1978. He earned two national awards for explaining science to the public. He and his work were featured on Good Morning America. More details about Ward can be found at Ward has worked full time in retirement, at his own expense, since 2006, carefully reexamining all the evidence and theories for why climate has changed throughout Earth history. He has discovered that while explosive eruptions cause slow, incremental global cooling, effusive basaltic eruptions cause rapid global warming in highly erratic sequences that average around 4000 years. He has also discovered a fundamental error in the physics of heat that shows greenhouse-warming theory is not only mistaken, it is not physically possible.

2. Dr. Peter L. Ward worked 27 years as a geophysicist and program leader for the United States Geological Survey. After retiring, he has been able to put his full-time effort, since 2006, into trying to understand what really causes global warming.

3. Dr. Peter L. Ward is a specialist in volcanoes and climate who worked 27 years with the United States Geological Survey. He shows that climate, throughout the history of Earth can be explained by explosive volcanic eruptions causing cooling and effusive, basaltic eruptions causing warming.

4. Dr. Peter Langdon Ward worked 27 years as a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, being featured on Good Morning America and winning two national awards for explaining science to non-scientists. In 2006, while in retirement, he found reliable data suggesting that volcanic eruptions not only cool the earth for a few years, something that is well known, but also can warm the earth substantially. How could this be? Realizing the importance of figuring this out, he set off on a full-time quest trying to understand in detail how volcanism has controlled climate throughout Earth history, throughout the evolution of our species, throughout written history, and why 2016 is the hottest year on record.

5.  Dr. Peter Langdon Ward worked 27 years with the United States Geological Survey, studying volcanoes, earthquakes, regional geology, plate tectonics, and paleoclimate. In 2006, while retired, he discovered something in climate science that just did not make sense. He put most other things aside to focus his efforts full time on trying to understand how volcanoes could both cool and warm climate, what radiation really is, and how the structure of Earth’s atmosphere and the temperature of Earth’s surface are determined by how much solar radiation is absorbed in the stratosphere. Dr. Ward has carefully reexamined each of the key assumptions made in developing greenhouse warming theory. He invites you to join him on this fascinating quest in his well-documented and well-illustrated book, What Really Causes Climate Change? Greenhouse gases or ozone depletion?