The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

The Madhouse Effect How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet Destroying Our Politics and Driving Us Crazy The award winning climate scientist Michael E Mann and the Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their c

  • Title: The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy
  • Author: Michael E. Mann
  • ISBN: 9780231177863
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The award winning climate scientist Michael E Mann and the Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well beingThe award winning climate scientist Michael E Mann and the Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well being of billions The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth s climate Toles s cartoons collapse counter scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies Mann s expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus The synergy of these two climate science crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate themed books and may even convert die hard doubters to the side of sound science.

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    1. Written by a scientist, a with a outstanding acid humor illustrated by a famous cartoonist,this book is one of the best popular books about global warming,it is vwey well written,structured,cristal clear and touchs all related subjects.Explains the science method,the physic basis of global warming and it dangerous or catastrophics consequeces on international security,food,water,health,ecosystems,economyThe book follows with the several stages of global warming denialism: It is not happen,OK it [...]

    2. There is a built-in problem with books like The Madhouse Effect by Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles. The people who need to read this book won’t and the people who do read the book, don’t really need it. If you want to know what an utter failure the American media is, consider that only 27% of Americans believe that human activity is the main cause of climate change. Essentially 3 out of 4 Americans believe absolute bunkum about the most important issue, one that determines what kind of future [...]

    3. I didn't expect this book to be too intriguing to me as I'd presumed the book would be full of facts, causes and effects. But I could get a real clear picture of what's actually happening in our hometown. Having watched the presentation of Elon Musk revealing Tesla Solar Roofs and his plans for a sustainable future recently, kind of motivated me to start this book sooner.Broader notions on how and why people support climate change denialism. The conspiratorial ideas propagandized by fellow polit [...]

    4. A splendid, expert and reader-friendly primer on the basic science behind climate change and on the politics, corruption and delusion underlying (primarily US) climate-change denial. Of particular note is the adroit skewering of the false arguments advanced by the denialists and the fossil-fuel funded "merchants of doubt."As I read, I became more and more amazed at the complete bloody childishness and idiocy of our current political leaders as they conduct their pretend investigations of climate [...]

    5. There is an excellent review of this work in The Guardian. It looks a good companion piece to Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

    6. Overall a fine book. Others have commented here that those who would learn the most from it will not be the ones to pick it up. It provides an overview of the scientific process, the science of climate and a brief history of how we got to where we are today (American's opposition to acting on climate science). I was very disappointed that there was not more discussion about solutions throughout the book. It's a quick read at 150 pages and only 3 pages are devoted to 'what you can do'. Research h [...]

    7. Surprised to see science and politics seamlessly packed into a book in an intriguing and engaging manner. This book is a must-read. I wish schools could make it a required reading.Note - I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review in any way.

    8. Another Mann-made Warming: Bending the Truth for Climate.First, let me get few things stated straight:1. I am not a climatologist. I am not writing this on behalf of any organization. I have not received any payment for this review.2. I do not like “scientists”, who are just making up “facts”, and equally don't like scientists and politicians hiding the truth.3. I do trust the UN demographers, who stated that the Earth population grew from 3.5±0.1 billion in 1966 to 7.4±0.1 billion in [...]

    9. This is a very interesting, easy to read book - including great acerbic cartoons - about the looming danger of climate change, and the political forces lined up to deny it, much like the monumental effort by the tobacco industry to cast doubt on the danger of tobacco to public health. The campaign to derail action on climate change by the oil industry, and figures like the Koch Brothers, follows the same basic pattern the tobacco industry followed in the last century - create doubt about climate [...]

    10. Oh, dear. What a day to finish reading this book with its cautiously optimistic ending from last summer. Ending the "war on coal" and eliminating the EPA and all My library didn't have this book so I bought the kindle edition for a climate-change bookclub, but I would rather not have bought it. But it's a pretty good read. I learned some things, many of which I should have known already. Now I'm more anxious than before; the situation seems pretty dire. Last night I saw the sequel to An Inconven [...]

    11. “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics. Rather than politics shaping what people think is true.”- Neil DeGrasse Tyson”Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere traps heat; and we are adding more CO2 to the atmosphere. The rest is details.”- Michael Mann (The Madhouse Effect)If you deny that anthropogenic climate change exists, chances are you are doing so for ideological reasons (in fact > 97% chance) and not because you’ve performed a thorough review of the a [...]

    12. Much of it was not new to me, and I frankly admit I have never been much for cartoons (the second author is a famous climate cartoonist). That said, it's a short read that runs through the history of climate denial (lots of money pushing this!) and how many of the same actors (they don't get to call themselves scientists when they sell their souls) who insisted that cigarettes do not cause cancer are now renting themselves out for this cause.They take apart each of the iterations of climate deni [...]

    13. I began reading this book when I was faced with a research assignment on any controversial topic in English class, and of course, I picked something that is very important to me, lessening the carbon footprint of humans.This book covers several topics related to climate change and global warming that it covers, including but no limited to how climate change effects our government, economy, the environment, and the humans who cause it. The book progressively explains climate change and global war [...]

    14. A Funny And Serious Exploration on The Scientific Reality of Climate Change and Those Who Deny ItThe best means of dealing with a science denialist, such as a climate change denialist, Intelligent Design creationist or vaccine denialist, may not be offering them ample facts based on years of well-established scientific research. No matter how passionately one argues on behalf of well-established science, committed science denialists will tend to ignore such evidence. Instead, another, more persu [...]

    15. If, like me, you’ve spent a good deal of time researching the issue of climate change - including all the deceit and obfuscation perpetrated by the denial machine - you’ll not really find new information in this book. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a good, basic introduction to the biggest challenge ever faced by humanity - the current state of play, the mindbogglingly high stakes, and the extent of the ideologically as well as financially motivated attacks on science and scienti [...]

    16. Michael E Mann is a brilliant climate scientist, speaker and author. He's passionate about helping people understand climate change and what we can all do about it. The Madhouse Effect explains clearly what climate change is and is not, who and why people deny it, the individuals and companies that funds the denialists, think tanks and fake news sites, and the implications for us and future generations should the denialists win. I have met Michael and I was truly inspired by his integrity and de [...]

    17. _Is_ our climate changing? If so, are we causing it? If so, is it a bad thing? If so, should we do anything about it? If so, how urgent is it that we act? This book provides answers to these questions. I found it compelling. If you're on the fence about climate change, I recommend this book. If you're NOT on the fence, and are already convinced, you STILL might want to read this book, because it may help solidify your thoughts in areas that you hadn't already considered, such as geo-engineering [...]

    18. Yes, it took me 16 months to read a 150 page book. This was one of those books which got buried by othersI finally dug it out from the bottom of the pile and finished it last night.Overall, very good, succinct look at the current state of affairs concerning climate change and politics.ough this was written before the election of Trump, which has thrown a huge spanner in the works regarding any positive outlook for climate policy, at least coming from the US.

    19. I knew most of the stuff in this book already. The interesting part was the cartoons by Tom Toles. For example, A man sits at a desk speaking into a microphone, as if at a Congressional hearing. Sitting next to him is a snowman. He says "I have a new expert witness with me to disprove all the climate change science." Sometimes you need humor to live through the dismal times we find ourselves in.

    20. An artist and professor explain how an idea is presented and may need to be reworked, an may still not be right. Concerns about food, water, energy, health, and more. People who deny appear in cartoons.

    21. A broad overview of current events in climate change. I wish it had more hard science and less focus on attributing denialism to corporate conspiracy.

    22. Easily the best explanation and defense of the issue I have read. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone regardless of their previous knowledge about anthropogenic climate change.

    23. This is a book every American should read, and read now. The Madhouse Effect sports a "Global Warming Meets Edvard Munch" cover, but that shouldn't be taken as a lack of seriousness. The book's authors - award-winning climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles - have attempted to bring both climate science and climate denial to the forefront. Using Toles's creative genius and Mann's scientific depth, and more than a smidgen of subtle humor, the two h [...]

    24. Mann provides the science, history, politicsToles, political cartoonist, provides the satireit's a great book to recommend to someone who suspects climate change is real but doesn't know the science well and is confused by all the propaganda from the fossil fuel industryMann provides references, eg Dark Money, so if you want to know more about the Koch brothers and their dad who founded the John Birch Society, there's a whole another book on that. Mann provides great summaries of the relevant is [...]

    25. Simply Brilliant!!!This book is everything i asked for. Before this book i genuinely thought that scientists were not sure about climate change but this book showed me how wrong that view was. It also provides a lot of facts and the time is generally humorous so it isn't a dry read if that's a problem to some readers

    26. Somewhere along the way, the american public stopped understanding the process of science and how it works. The scientific method of hypothesis and theory with peer review somehow got lost in politics.People now pick and choose science based on politics or personal believe systems, rather than tried and true scientific research. Examples include climate change, GMO's and vaccinations.The authors of the Madhouse Effect have been deeply intwined in the climate change discussion for years and have [...]

    27. Very good summary of one of the great problems that we faceClimate change denial is such a big issue and this book covers that quite wellVery frustrating to be reading this in January '17 as we face a new administration that is deeply anti-science!!

    28. Climate scientist Mann teams with political cartoonist Toles on this bullshit-detector manual for battling climate-change denial. Covers a lot of the same ground as Mann's "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars," but that's probably unavoidable. This book provides all you need to know to counter denialism and denialists, and Toles' cartoons are a wickedly funny complement.

    29. This is the time for action to address climate change, as Mann and Toles make clear, and this concise book is a great primer on how to engage denialists and those indifferent our profligate burning of fossil fuels. No science background required to appreciate this book, and I have a feeling I'll be reviewing it in months and years ahead if and when I come across climate change skeptics.

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