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Michael Evan Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, who has contributed to the scientific understanding of historic climate change based on the temperature record of the past thousand years.
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A Modern History of Ancient Trees
Jared Farmer - 2022-10-18
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Discover the fascinating history of the world's oldest trees in Elderflora. Historian Jared Farmer takes us on a journey from the eighteenth century, when naturalists began seeking out and dating ancient specimens, to the present day where scientists fight to protect elderflora in crisis. Explore the complex relationship between human exploitation and conservation efforts, and learn about the voices of Indigenous peoples and religious figures. With a focus on the changing climate, Farmer shows us how we can ensure a long future for these ancient trees by nurturing the young ones among us.
Michael E. Mann
@ericsteig @geohumanist @PennSAS fantastic book!      source
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Billions and Billions
Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
Carl Sagan - 1998-05-12 (first published in 1997)
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"Explore the secrets of the universe and ponder life's biggest questions in this thought-provoking and engaging collection of essays. Join acclaimed scientist, Carl Sagan, as he delves into the origin and fate of the cosmos, discusses the marriage of science and compassion, and reflects on personal topics such as love, death, and God. This final work by Sagan is a testament to his unquenchable curiosity and remarkable mind."
Michael E. Mann
In his posthumously published (1997) book "Billions & Billion", the late great Carl Sagan provides an interesting discussion of "rules of the game", e.g. different codes of behavior/policy, such as the "Golden Rule", the "Silver Rule", the "Iron Rule", etc. 🧵      source
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Ms. Adventure
My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life
Jess Phoenix - 2021-03-02
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"Ms. Adventure" is a thrilling memoir that follows Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist and natural hazards expert, on her daring adventures exploring the world's most fascinating landscapes. From Hawaiian lava fields to the Andean glaciers, Phoenix takes readers on a journey through her career in science, as well as her personal life and her mission to make science more inclusive and accessible. Amidst her incredible adventures, Phoenix shares her passion for science and the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves science, exploration, and adventure.
Michael E. Mann
My pleasure Jess. Fantastic book--everyone should read it!      source
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The Ministry for the Future
A Novel
Kim Stanley Robinson - 2020-10-06
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This near-future novel explores the impacts of climate change, technology, politics, and human behavior. The Ministry for the Future was established to advocate for future generations and protect all living creatures. Through fictional eyewitness accounts, Kim Stanley Robinson weaves a visionary and powerful story of a future that is almost upon us. This impactful and original book presents both hope and despair in equal measure, making it one of the most powerful novels on climate change ever written.
Michael E. Mann
@KatjaBessonova @_david_ho_ @DrLimnology @dcullenward @DrKWilkinson @ayanaeliza @EricHolthaus Great book! My review for The @Guardian below. Catch our conversation in a few weeks (March 6) at the Tucson Festival of books:      source
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Under a White Sky
The Nature of the Future
Elizabeth Kolbert - 2021-02-09
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Explore the new world we are creating through the lens of science and innovation in this book. Follow Elizabeth Kolbert as she meets biologists, engineers, Australian researchers, and physicists who are all working towards protecting our planet in their unique ways. Learn how our interventions in nature can both harm and help our planet, and consider the future of human civilization.
Michael E. Mann
No, I love @ElizKolbert's book! Must-read.      source
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Appalachian Fall
Dispatches from Coal Country on What's Ailing America
Jeff Young - 2020-08-11
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Discover the captivating true story of the collapsing coal industry and the communities left behind in Jeff Young's Appalachian Fall. Unemployment rates, the opioid epidemic, and environmental crises are hitting the heart of coal country harder than anywhere else in America. Follow a group of local reporters as they uncover the real-world impact of these changes, from miners striking after their paychecks bounced to farmers tilling former mining ground for new crops like hemp. This book delves into the mounting struggles of a region that once provided fuel for a century and what our country owes it.
Michael E. Mann
Important book by award-winning environmental journalist ⁦@JeffYoung8⁩ on the larger lessons for us all when it comes to the plight of Appalachian coal country: “Appalachian Fall” (bonus points for the play on Copeland)      source
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Merchants of Doubt
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate Change
Naomi Oreskes - 2010-05-25
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This book dives into the controversial and talked-about story of a group of scientists and advisers who ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny scientific knowledge about climate change, smoking, acid rain, and the ozone hole. These "experts" denied well-established scientific studies, claiming that the science was "not settled." This book sheds light on the individuals who supplied doubt, and how they had deep connections in politics and industry.
Michael E. Mann
@TomLumForest @mattmcirvin @ring_ras @DouglasCP @NaomiOreskes It actually goes back even further. Naomi's book is a must-read, but also worth reading @ChrisCMooney's "The Republican War on Science" for a longer-term contextualization of modern-day industry-funded science denial.      source
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The Republican War on Science
Chris Mooney - 2006-08-29 (first published in 2005)
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This book explores the politicization of science in US government, where scientific findings are spun, distorted or ignored to suit political agendas. The Bush administration's views on critical issues like climate change, stem cell research, and sex education are at odds with scientifically-verified facts. Mooney argues that this anti-science mindset is largely driven by conservative ideologies and shows how the government's decisions have been increasingly shaped by industry lobbyists and evangelical activists. A compelling read on the dangerous consequences of dismissing scientific evidence in politics.
Michael E. Mann
@TomLumForest @mattmcirvin @ring_ras @DouglasCP @NaomiOreskes It actually goes back even further. Naomi's book is a must-read, but also worth reading @ChrisCMooney's "The Republican War on Science" for a longer-term contextualization of modern-day industry-funded science denial.      source
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The Demon-Haunted World
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan - 1997-02-25 (first published in 1996)
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Exploring the importance of scientific thinking in our technology-driven world, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book by acclaimed astronomer Carl Sagan dismantles the myths of pseudoscience and highlights its threat to our democracy. Using examples from history and contemporary culture, Sagan debunks popular fallacies like witchcraft and demon possession, while warning against the growing allure of conspiracy theories and unreason that threaten our fundamental freedoms. A must-read for anyone seeking to make informed decisions in a world awash with misinformation.
Michael E. Mann
@nature Sagan died a year after the book was published, but his words still offer wisdom & clarity at a time when science & reason are under threat.      source