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The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy with Dr. Michael Mann

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.  The Conference Center, Penn State Great Valley

The event is free. Tickets required at: http://michaelmannatpsgv.eventbrite.com

Climate scientist Dr. Michael 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. Mann will target the ongoing campaign to deny the threat of climate change through satire and where appropriate, ridicule, built around Toles’ famously insightful, edgy, and provocative climate-themed cartoons. Using Toles’ cartoons) as a template, Mann will 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 the science and scientists, and deny that a problem even exists. Despite the monumental nature of the challenge this poses to human civilization, we find a way to end on an upbeat and cautiously optimistic note.

Following the presentation, Mann’s new book, The Madhouse Effect, will be available for sale and signing.  

About Dr. Michael Mann
Dr. Michael E. 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 (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012. He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He has published two books including 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.