- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231177860
- ISBN-13: 978-0231177863
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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The Madhouse Effect delivers a strong, concise, and exceptionally clear version of the circus that has often surrounded public perceptions of climate change, never letting go of the scientific realities.
(David Eicher, Astronomy Magazine)
The Madhouse Effect is an entertaining and effective pitch to the vast of majority of citizens who have a vague sense of the problem, but need to be coaxed into learning more, and soon.
(Peter Dykstra, The Daily Climate)
The Madhouse Effect nails climate madness
(John Gibbons, Village Magazine)
The Madhouse Effect is a breezy, engaging read, interspersed with wry illustrations courtesy of cartoonist Tom Toles of The Washington Post.
(Dave Reay, Nature)
Concise and fiercely illustrated...[Toles] cartoons cut to the core of the issues that Mann untangles in the prose.
(Mark Fischetti, Scientific American)
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Madhouse Effect...throws attitude back at climate deniers while painting path forward.
My friends Michael Mann and Tom Toles combined their considerable talents & wrote The Madhouse Effect
If you're wondering why so many politicians and news sources deny that dangerous human-caused climate change is real, and you want a relatively short and easy-to-read summary of the issue, look no further than The Madhouse Effect.
(Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, The Weather Underground)
The Madhouse Effect uses science, reason, and politicalcartoons to explain this polarized, hot world we live in, and tocollapse the pseudo-science arguments against climate change.
(Charlotte Ahlin, Bustle)
The writing is brilliantly clear and concise. The science isunfailingly accurate. And the cartoons add an immediacy, accessibility,and passion to the book that "normal" books about the climate problem usually lack.
Authors Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles have dropped a much-needed voice of reason into the current volatile and highly politicized debate on climate change.
(Kristopher Collins, Pittsburgh Magazine)
Mann's acuity, alongside Tole's perceptive cartoons, invigorate the subject.
What makes [Madhouse Effect] unique is the way it combines Mann's science communication skills and Toles' illustrations, which provide a biting and amusing perspective
(Andrew Seifter, Media Matters for America)
Noted climate researcher, Michael Mann, takes us on a tour of the world that climate deniers have helped create,sowing the seeds of confusion and harvesting a crop full of climateinaction in the process.
(Rob Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council)
Nicely balances Mann's explanations of...climate science..with Toles' darkly comical cartoons.
(Judy Weiss, Jewish Currents)
The engaging and often funny volume aims not only to clearly explain the science behind climate change but also to satirize the skeptics anddeniers that have worked hard to delay political action for the past few decades.
(John R. Platt, Take Part)
The Madhouse Effect should be mandatory reading for the next President-assuming that the next President doesn't want to turn the White House into a madhouse.
(DR Tucker, Washington Monthly)
Read this book and share it far and wide!
(NR Mallery, Green Energy Times)
One of the fall's best book offerings...
(Sandy Dechert, Clean Technica)
A lively book that even "I-don't-read-science-books" members will like
(Ann Connery Frantz, Worcester Telegram)
Included in 'Pedagogies of Resistance' Reading List
(City Lights BookStore, San Francisco)
Teaming up a noted climatescientist and writer...with a political cartoonist...is really the best of both worlds: an illustrated compendium of horrifying science that also provides a few laughs
(Kel Munger, Lit Rant)
Now more than ever, it's worth listening to what Michael Mann and Tom Toles have to say about getting out of the madhouse we're in.
Convincing, accessible chapters on why the problem is urgent...creating a neatly packaged tool for those willing to take on thenaysayers.
(Henrietta Verma, AAUP)
One of the brilliant things...makes people realise how really crazy some of thethings that climate change deniers say are and how crazy some of thethings they do are.
(Naomi Oreskes, Five Books)
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Thus when it came to human-caused climate change, which geophysicists have been warning us all about for over 100 years, I foolishly believed that Free Market Justice Warriors merely needed to look at the evidence and then agree with ~99.99% of the world's geophysicists on the issue. I had no idea that their political identity collectives cause political ideologues to entrench themselves deeper in to their insane, irrational, anti-reality, anti-sanity beliefs.
The above is why I like this book: it explains demonstrable reality in a fun way, and the anti-science cultists really hate seeing reality defended so perfectly and in an entertaining way.
A relatively short list of things that point strongly to human induced climate change:
1. Observations from all over the globe directly measure significant increases in CO2 and CH4 concentrations.
2. Water Vapor, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, and Carbon Dioxide, despite making up only 1% of the atmosphere, make the difference between the earth being an uninhabitable ice ball and it being a living breathing planet. (a 60 degree F difference!). In other words, a little bit can do a lot.
3. Carbon Isotopes prove the CO2 increase is due to the burning of fossil fuels, and not some natural occurrence.
4. Global temperatures are increasing in a stair step manner, which is consistent with an external force being imposed on a cyclical (sinusoidal like) climate system. No climate scientist worth their salt ever expected a linear increase in global temperature.
5. Record high max temps as well as record high min temps are outpacing record low temps and record low max temps by a wide margin.
6. The troposphere is warming while the stratosphere is cooling. If it were the sun, both would behave in a similar fashion and both would be cooling.
7. Outgoing long wave radiation from the earth is decreasing, and is emanating from a higher and higher altitude.
8. Arctic sea ice is at an all-time low for this time of year, and the "melting season" is just beginning.
9. All global temperature data sets, including the satellite record, recorded February of 2016 as the warmest month ever by a wide margin. And by the way, the satellite record has required more revisions than any other temperature dataset out there. Since 1979, numerous revisions/corrections have changed the trend of the graph from cooling to slight cooling to no trend to slight warming to warming. It is not the messianic source of thermal measurement that some claim it to be.
10. Ocean acidification is having significant impacts on the ocean's ecosystem.
11. Sea level is rising demonstrably.
Now, if someone can scientifically show that all of the above is irrelevant and/or wrong, I'm all ears.
I was looking forward to the cartoons in this book, but there weren't as many as I had hoped, and although they were poignant they were still a little disappointing.
The book covers all of the known research and information is a clear and concise manner. It is easily readable, and covers everything from why the earth is warming to what possible solutions exist that are practical. It also debunks the deniers and the information they use to try to confuse the issue. If you have doubts about climate science or global warming, this is an excellent book to read.
I highly recommend his book for those who are on the fence or who are willing to open their minds to new information. It might even be good for the member of the House of Representatives I heard recently say that he didn't believe climate science because they couldn't explain away past warming spells. Maybe I should send him this book!
I definitely recommend this book to anyone curious about climate change and the history of its policy or lack thereof.