ISBN: 9781615192236
Published: July 2014
Price: $14.95 US
Paperback: 224 pages
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How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate
Let Science Do the Talking the Next Time Someone Tries to Tell You . . . The climate isn't changing • Global warming is actually a good thing • Climate change is natural, not man-made . . . And Other Arguments It's Time to End for Good
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The essential climate-debate handbook—everything you need to know about climate science to change minds

Have you ever heard someone say that climate change is simply the result of natural cycles? Or that there can’t be global warming because it still gets so cold out? While the claims climate-change deniers make can seem, on their surface, quite plausible, they simply don’t hold up against the evidence: Beyond a shadow of a doubt, science proves that climate change is real and primarily human-driven. But the next time a skeptic puts you on the spot, will you know what to say to end the argument?

How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate dismantles all the most pernicious misunderstandings using the strongest explanations science has to offer. Armed with airtight arguments, you’ll never be at a loss for words again—no matter how convincing or unexpected the misconception you’re faced with. And with our planet’s future in our hands, the time to change minds is now: The sooner we can agree, once and for all, that climate change is a significant threat to our well-being, the sooner we can start to do something about it.

★ Books for a Better Life Award—Green category finalist

“The book is written in a conversational style and is highly readable, all the more so because the detailed technical points are illustrated with leavening humour and hand-drawn illustrations in appropriate places.”—Chemistry World

“With humor and copious research, the authors . . . take 15 of the most common arguments against climate change and turn them upside down. For those who want a more thorough grasp of the situation or need facts and figures to help sway others, this book is right on target.”—Shelf Awareness

“Everyone—including climate skeptics!—ought to read this book. With wit and verve, it explains why every arguments in the climate skeptics’ handbook is—to put it politely—wrong.”
—Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

“This is the most important conversation you can have—the birds and the bees for a whole planet.”
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

How to Change Minds About our Changing Climate—credible, convincing, and eminently comprehensible—takes on and methodically refutes the oft-heard myths put forth by those who question climate change. Equally illuminating is its expert guidance on renewable fuels and strategies for reducing the greenhouse gas we release into the atmosphere—critical to helping avoid an ominous future. This should be on everyone’s reading list!”
Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist, WGN-TV

“Darling and Sisterson show us how to convince all skeptics in this excellent piece of work presenting the state of climate knowledge in a framework of what’s wrong with the denier arguments. It’s presented in a easy-to-read and humorous way, appealing to non-experts and experts alike.”
Peter Doran, Distinguished Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Darling and Sisterson meticulously pick apart the logical fallacies of the major arguments advanced by climate skeptics. Readily accessible to non-experts and indispensible for those awkward family meals or bar discussions with skeptical friends.”
Peter Thorne, Senior Researcher, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

Seth B. Darling received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago, after which he was awarded the Glenn Seaborg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. He is now a scientist in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory and a fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. His research touches on many aspects of molecular science and engineering, with a particular focus on solar energy. Through well over a hundred public lectures, tours, and outreach events, he has honed his skills for communicating complex scientific concepts to non-scientists.

Douglas L. Sisterson is a senior manager at Argonne National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. The ARM program is the largest federally sponsored climate-change research program in the DOE, and the ARM facility provides the world’s most comprehensive 24/7 observational capabilities for obtaining atmospheric data specifically for climate-change research. He received the University of Chicago Distinguished Service Award for his work in 2010. He often lectures on a range of weather and climate topics in educational environments ranging from middle-school classrooms to scientific forums to TED talks. For his educational outreach efforts, he received the University of Chicago Pinnacle of Education Award in 2012.