Author: Michael Mann

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War on Science: Small town conservative newspaper pushes coronavirus, climate change denial

The Salem News is small town newspaper based in Salem Ohio. It appears to have far right-of-center editorial policies. Over the past few days, even as the county it represents recorded its 30th COVID19 death, it has published multiple letters and commentaries dismissing the seriousness of the crisis and attacking the social-distancing policies that public health officials have insisted are necessary.  During […]

May 7th

The Current & Coming Climate Crisis — Podcast with Michael Mann

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, sits down to talk with Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and the Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, about the immediacy and importance of addressing climate change. You can listen […]

March 31st

Michael Mann: Just how bad would climate change be if we kept up “business as usual”?

A new commentary in the journal Nature by Zeke Hausfather and Glen Peters is making the rounds. The commentary is similar in content and outlook to a previous piece written by Hausfather on the website of the “Breakthrough Institute” a month ago, arguing that “business as usual” burning of fossil fuels will likely only lead to 3C warming, rather than […]

February 5th

Vice: A film commentary on the politics of climate denial

I was recently invited to a screening of the new film Vice. I will confess that I was positively predisposed toward liking the film. I’m a big fan of screenwriter/director Adam McKay, whom I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with on occasion. His film The Big Short was an engaging and powerful expose on the financial corruption behind the U.S mortgage […]

January 14th

Michael Mann: Vote for climate leadership in Congress (by voting out GOP climate change deniers)

We need new leadership! Adding carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere warms the surface of our planet.  That’s scientific fact, affirmed by every major scientific body in the U.S. and around the world that has weighed in on the matter. By Michael Mann We have been conducting an unprecedented, uncontrolled experiment with the […]

October 12th

Climate Action: Michael Mann and Tom Toles remind us to VOTE climate-deniers out of Congress

Two years ago, in the home stretch of our last presidential election, Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles and I published a book about climate change denial (“The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy”). Denialism was still a major problem, we argued. Many of our colleagues, however, wondered why […]

October 9th

Michael Mann: How global warming leads to stronger, wetter hurricanes

A new study just out in Science attributes the unusually active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season to tropical Atlantic warming. Furthermore, it attributes that warmth to human-caused climate change (a combination of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and sulphate “aerosols” from industrial pollution). The study is based on a single climate model, but at least in terms of their bottom-line conclusion, there […]

September 30th