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DOUG 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 this work in 2010. Before turning to climate change, his experimental work covered fundamental boundary-layer meteorology and micrometeorology, wet and dry removal processes and pollutant transport. He has also worked on wind energy and on the physical and chemical processes that lead to acid precipitation. He was principal author of a cornerstone report, the State of Science Report for the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program. In 1990, he moved from basic research to management of climate facilities for the ARM Program. 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.

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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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