Wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, drought, heat waves. “This summer is the summer where the impacts of climate change are really hitting us in the face,” says professor Michael Mann. He joins Esty today for the hour to put these record-breaking weather disasters in context and to offer critical updates on the state of energy politics globally and in the U.S. Topics include the EPA’s new coal pollution rules, the fossil fuel industry, the wildfires in the Arctic Circle, and the role of climate change in politics and the upcoming midterm elections.
Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He is the author of several books including the recently-published The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, in collaboration with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles. He has also written a children’s book, The Tantrum that Saved the World, with co-author and illustrator Megan Herbert.