Renowned climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann will speak at Penn State Great Valley on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on his new book, “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy.” The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and can be ordered at: http://michaelmannatpsgv.eventbrite.com.
Mann’s research and publications have put him front and center in the climate change discourse. He currently serves as the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, where his research is focused on modeling and predicting the impacts of climate change. His “hockey stick” graph of global temperature contributed to the 2007 Nobel Prize awarded to Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Mann will offer a somewhat lighthearted take on a very serious issue—the threat of human-caused climate change and what to do about it—based on his collaboration with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Built around the famously insightful, edgy, and provocative cartoons, Mann will target the ongoing campaign to deny the threat of climate change through satire and where appropriate, ridicule. Mann will use the cartoons as a template to review the scientific evidence of climate change, the reasons we should care, and the often absurd efforts by special interests and partisan political figures to confuse the public, attack science and scientists, and deny that a problem even exists.
Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002 and won the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012. A Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society, he has published two books: Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines in 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.