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How Can We Save the Planet? Michael E Mann

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Michael E Mann

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Renowned scientist Michael E Mann argues that all is not lost as he outlines a plan to save the planet.

Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we’ve been told we can avert the worsening climate crisis. But are we really the ones most at fault?

Seventy-one per cent of global emissions come from the same 100 companies, but instead of taking responsibility they have instead waged a 30-year campaign to criticise the actions of individuals. The result has been disastrous for our planet.

Mann has been on the front lines of the climate debate for decades. He now draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters – fossil-fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petro-states – and explains how we can force governments and corporations to wake up and make real change.

In conversation with Alix Dietzel, University of Bristol.

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Book cover of The New Climate War by Michael E Mann

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Alix Dietzel

Dr Alix Dietzel is a Senior Lecturer in Global Ethics at the University of Bristol and Associate Director of Impact and Innovation at the Cabot Institute for Environmental Change. She also sits on the Bristol Advisory Committee for Climate Change. Alix’s research focuses on climate justice and climate policy. She has written about the global scale, comparing the UNFCCC to non-state actors such as C40 cities. She is currently working on understanding just transition at the city scale.

Michael E Mann

Michael E Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State. He has received many honours and awards, including his selection by Scientific American as one of the 50 leading
visionaries in science and technology in 2002. Additionally, he contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2018 he received the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union. In 2020 he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of numerous books, including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines.


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