Michael Mann Scores 2018 AGU Climate Communication Prize!

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Michael Mann, author of The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, Dire Predictions: The Visual Guide to the Findings of the IPCC, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, and one gazillion scientific papers on climate change, won the prestigious Climate Communication Prize, awarded by his peers earlier today at the American Geophysical Union meeting.

From the PR:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, is the 2018 recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communication Prize.

The prize was established in 2011 to highlight the importance of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respect and understanding of science-based values as they relate to the implications of climate change.

The AGU Climate Communication Prize is given annually to one honoree in recognition of “the communication of climate science.” The award honors scientists who have made a significant contribution in promoting scientific literacy and fostering understanding of science-based values, according to the AGU website.

Mann conducts hundreds of media interviews and appearances every year and directly reaches public audiences via social media. His op-eds and commentaries have been published in dozens of outlets, including The Washington Post, The Guardian and Le Monde.

Mann communicates about the effects of climate change through a variety of media, including his third book, “The Madhouse Effect,” published in 2017. For this effort, he teamed up with Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles to explore public perception of climate change. Mann also was a featured speaker during the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D. C., and has testified before Congress.

Mann also collaborated with author and illustrator Megan Herbert on a children’s book titled “The Tantrum that Saved the World.” He has appeared in numerous documentary films, including a feature role in “Before The Flood” starring Leonard Di Caprio.

In addition to outreach efforts, Mann continues to conduct and publish research. His areas of interest are in climate science, including climate change, sea level rise, human impact on climate change, climate modeling, and the carbon budget. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications.

In February 2018, Mann received the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Public Engagement with Science Award. In 2017, he was recognized with the Schneider Award from ClimateOne and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ James H. Shea Award. He was also inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame. Mann was elected an AAAS fellow in 2015.

He completed his doctorate at Yale University in 1998.

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7 thoughts on “Michael Mann Scores 2018 AGU Climate Communication Prize!

  1. Wonderful news and very well deserved. It was an honor to have Mike as a co-author on our Bioscience paper which has been widely covered by the media and called the ‘best paper on polar bears in 2018’ by the world’s leading polar bear researcher, Andrew Derocher. Mike is an amazing and courageous scientist, and he is an inspiration for many of us.

  2. Just as a reminder that it isn’t simply the lurking deniers here (ron, rickA, mikeN) who are ignorant and willing to lie about the science:

    Steve Milloy replied to this comment by DeFazio:?

    This is the existential threat to the future of the planet.

    by saying on Twitter:

    Insanity. For comparison, the atmosphere Venus (sic)is 96.5% CO2 and the plant is still there.??In contrast, Earth’s atmosphere is only ~ 0.04% CO2.

    1. Curses for lack of preview and/or edit:

      The point of my previous post was going to be stressing the need for effective, accurate, communications on climate change to combat the rampant dishonesty on the right.

    2. Insanity. For comparison, the atmosphere Venus (sic) is 96.5% CO2 and the plant is still there.??In contrast, Earth’s atmosphere is only ~ 0.04% CO2.

      Ah, Venus. That balmy paradise of a world famed throughout the solar system for its fabulously complex and rich ecosystem.

    3. dean

      I don’t think Milloy is ignorant about the science for by now he would have had enough arguments thrown his way to know where the truth lies, so yes he is willing to lie about the science. This we know only too well from his JunkScience site and he being a paid advocate for tobacco and fossil fuel.


      Michael Mann would run rings around Milloy in a well adjudicated one on one where the denier was not allowed to get away with Gish Gallops and half-truths. I appreciated Mann’s counter to John Christy in his ‘The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars’ which I have cited several times in exchanges with deniers.

  3. I don’t think Milloy is ignorant about the science for by now he would have had enough arguments thrown his way to know where the truth lies, so yes he is willing to lie about the science.

    yes, it is probably wiser to not assign comments to stupidity when, based on history, complete dishonesty is more likely.

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