Skeptic book by Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian Lüning “Die kalte Sonne” (see side bar) will begin its third week on the Spiegel bestseller list since it was first released on February 7.
It shot up to number 14 on the bestseller list for German hardcover non-fiction books just a week after it was released. Last week it was at number 15, and next week it will be at the 18th spot.
Die kalte Sonne also remains No. 1 on the Hoffmann & Campe list. Publisher Hoffmann & Campe, based in Hamburg, are now is discussions with publishers for an English version. I’m also informed that a second printing of the German version is now underway.
Die kalte Sonne is also No. 1 on the German Amazon list for books on environment and natural science.
The book’s success has unleased a wave of outrage among climate alarmists and activists. But most of the criticism has been emotionally charged, from people who did not even bother to read the book. German readers click here.
Bitter Cold February Hammered Europe
As the skeptic book sweeps across Central Europe, its launch was accompanied by a nasty cold snap over the first half of February. The online Swiss magazine Blick writes:
February 2012 is among the 10 coldest February months since measurements began 150 years ago. The cold wave in the first half of the month was the most intensive in 27 years, MeteoSchweiz reported on Tuesday.”
The German Weather Service (DWD) reported that Germany had its coldest February in 26 years, saying that…
…at times February, 2012 could be compared to the harsh winters of 1963, 1956 or 1929.”
The cold snap was particularly harsh across Eastern Europe, with hundreds of people dying of the cold. According to the online Russian Ria Novosti:
The worst cold in Russia’s south for the past twenty-five years caused a disaster for the country’s vineyards, which is comparable to the damage inflicted by the anti-alcohol campaign initiated by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Argumenty Nedeli weekly newspaper reported on Wednesday. The temperatures, which plunged to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit) in February, destroyed over a half the vineyards on the Taman Peninsula and the Krasnodar Territory.”