Michael E. Mann


On his and Tom Toles’ book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

Cover Interview of March 28, 2017

A close-up

The Madhouse Effect is, by design, a book that readers can just pick up, skim through, and find a page that both engages and informs.

If a reader were to browse only a few pages, my co-author Tom and I might want them to check out the preface.  It’s entitled “Why We Wrote This Book.”  It provides a sense of how it is that a climate scientist and an editorial cartoonist would come to collaborate as we did.  It conveys the tremendous urgency of acting to avert catastrophic climate change.

The closing pages of the book could also be a very good entry point.  Here we give the reason for cautious optimism, despite the many challenges that we currently face when it comes to climate action.