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SETH 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, as well as more macro-level concepts related to energy. His recent studies have spanned materials science, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, environmental science, and economics. He has written more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, many of which have attracted the attention of both trade and general press outlets. As the Solar Energy Strategy Leader for Argonne, he has extensive connections outside the traditional research community including policymakers, journalists, commercial manufacturers, financial experts, and – most of all – the general public. Through well over a hundred public lectures, tours, and outreach events, he has honed his skills for communicating complex scientific concepts to non-scientists.

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Seth Darling & Douglas Sisterson


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


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 EARTH


Is global warming just the result of natural cycles? Or of cosmic rays bombarding the Earth? Climate skeptics say 'yes' to questions such as these routinely and loudly. Have you heard the claim that scientists are split on whether humans are affecting the climate? Have you ever wondered if renewable energy is too expensive to replace fossil fuels?


Skeptic-inspired misconceptions about climate change are everywhere: in recent statements from members of government, in public opinion polls and in ‘balanced’ news coverage, often giving equal weight to science and skepticism. And with the ongoing publication of the fifth assessment report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, these attacks on climate science aren't likely to die down anytime soon.

Now, two leading climate-change researchers and science communicators provide an original and entertaining response to the plethora of skeptic myths – from the most seductive to the outlandish – that inundates the media and blogosphere. By drawing on science that anyone can understand, they provide ammunition to combat the arguments of skeptics such as Brad, the fictional antagonist they create for the book – the sort of person who knows just enough to think he has it all worked out and who loves a good conspiracy theory.


In doing so the authors equip us with the tools to distinguish fact from fiction, to see through the smoke and mirrors and to understand what needs to be done to address climate change and why. The result is an essential go-to guide to the latest climate science: a concise, enjoyable, and authoritative picture of what we do – and don't – know about global warming and its consequences.


Publisher: The Experiment

Publication: 24 July 2014

Length: 224 pages


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World English (The Experiment)