The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

by Yoram Bauman, Grady Klein
     
 

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Climate change is no laughing matter-but maybe it should be. The topic is so critical that everyone, from students to policy-makers to voters, needs a quick and easy guide to the basics. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts.
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Climate change is no laughing matter-but maybe it should be. The topic is so critical that everyone, from students to policy-makers to voters, needs a quick and easy guide to the basics. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts.
"Stand-up economist" Yoram Bauman and award-winning illustrator Grady Klein have created the funniest overview of climate science, predictions, and policy that you’ll ever read. You’ll giggle, but you’ll also learn-about everything from Milankovitch cycles to carbon taxes.

If those subjects sound daunting, consider that Bauman and Klein have already written two enormously successful cartoon guides to economics, making this notoriously dismal science accessible to countless readers. Bauman has a PhD in economics and has taught at both the high school and college level, but he now makes a living performing at comedy clubs, universities, and conferences, sharing the stage with personalities as diverse as Robin Williams and Paul Krugman.

The authors know how to get a laugh-and they know their facts. This cartoon introduction is based on the latest report from the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and integrates Bauman’s expertise on economics and policy.

If economics can be funny, then climate science can be a riot. Sociologists have argued that we don’t address global warming because it’s too big and frightening to get our heads around. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change takes the intimidation and gloom out of one of the most complex and hotly debated challenges of our time.

References available at http://standupeconomist.com/cartoon-climate/

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
Economist Bauman and cartoonist Klein take on the daunting task of explaining climate change in a straightforward visual format. The creators provide a context for environmental issues, beginning with a primer on climate science and the history of our planet, then moving on to contemporary issues like the impact of skyrocketing carbon emissions on climate and weather stability. Having outlined the problems facing us, the book goes on to explore the alternatives for mitigating climate change. The carbon already in the atmosphere will take centuries to be sequestered, but there are things we can do to reduce the rate at which more carbon is emitted. Illustrated with deceptively simple black-and-white art that masterfully supports the text, this book provides a skillful tour of the issues that face our developing world and it serves as a model of how educational works of this sort should be crafted. (June)
Reports of the National Center for Science Education

"[The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change] is a story, rather than just a textbook...suitable for teachers to use as a well-written and comprehensive introduction to an understanding of the climate system and climate change...a good read for anyone interested in the basics of climate change science but not wanting to tackle a more traditional textbook."
creator of The Story of Stuff - Annie Leonard

"I know we're trashing the planet, but do we have to add to our misery by reading gloom and doom books about it? The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change offers another way: learn some serious science, evaluate strategies for change, and have a good laugh in the process."
Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University - William Nordhaus

"Are you curious about the science and economics of global warming? You can find many dull books on the subject. A better bet is The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, which tickles and teaches at the same time. Who says that sophistication is only in equations?"
Professor Emeritus, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington - John Michael Wallace

"A clear, concise rendition of the story of human-induced climate change, candid and yet brimming with warm-hearted humor and well-founded optimism. Gently persuasive, beautifully illustrated... an innovative springboard for discussion of what we can do as individuals and as a society to turn down the heat in our planetary 'compost pile.'"
former Director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, author of Storms of My Grandchildren - James E. Hansen

"Climate is no laughing matter — but it beats crying. Maybe this is the secret passage into people's hearts and minds."
Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, Oregon State University - Jane Lubchenco

"Fresh! Cheeky! Accurate and inspiring! An accessible, friendly, and fun explanation of climate change – free of politics, free of jargon, and fresh with insights. Cartoons you can believe in!"
Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute - Kevin Hassett

"Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman are a national treasure. The economics of climate policy has never been more accessible."
Professor of Economics, Harvard University - Martin Weitzman

"The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change will tickle your fancy while expanding your mind. Highly recommended."
Executive Director, Citizens Climate Lobby - Mark Reynolds

"Rarely do you read books that attempt to deal with the world's biggest problems and present the information in a way that the average public can absorb it. Bravo to Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein, and thank you on behalf of everyone who is deeply concerned about this issue."
The Los Angeles Times
"Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein find a way to make climate change humorous and comprehensible in this visuals-driven book."
The Nature Conservancy Magazine

"It's difficult to imagine that a book about climate change could be easy to understand, let alone funny. But Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein's The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, an illustrated book that walks readers through the basics of climate science, is both. ...approachable and engaging."
The Stranger

"It's like An Inconvenient Truth meets Peanuts! (Not really, but that's somehow a very pleasant idea.)"
Greenpeace
"Not only is [The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change] entertaining, it’s packed full of facts, presented as cartoons and peppered with a few transparently-unrealistic zingers. You can read it in an afternoon, and so could your kid, or your grandparent. And thanks to the illustrations and simple analogies, I’d bet they will retain more of the information."
Desmog Blog

"[The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change is] not only a fun read to educate yourself or your crazy uncle about climate science basics, it's also full of practical information presented in simple but elegant illustrations and comic strips."
Greenpeace's The EnvironmentaList Blog

"Not only is [The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change] entertaining, it's packed full of facts, presented as cartoons and peppered with a few transparently-unrealistic zingers. You can read it in an afternoon, and so could your kid, or your grandparent. And thanks to the illustrations and simple analogies, I'd bet they will retain more of the information."
Midwest Book Review

"The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change is a 'must-read' for its accessible, balanced, and non-judgmental approach to an extremely thorny issue."
The SunBreak

"The illustrations from Klein and text from Bauman present an important issue in such an accessible manner that it should be applauded."
AOL's The Street

"Everybody should pick up a copy, it does look pretty interesting."
Upworthy

"So if you've sort of had it with graphs and numbers about climate change, you'll enjoy this irreverent new take on the future of our planet."
Los Angeles Times

"Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein find a way to make climate change humorous and comprehensible in this visuals-driven book."
Conservation Magazine

"Don't let the format fool you -- this is sophisticated stuff. [Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change] draws on science from the latest IPCC report and explains technologies and policies that can make a positive difference -- all kidding aside."
Earth Island Journal

"There is a lot to like about this graphic book"
Proximities
"[This book] skillfully mixes the key facts of climate change with the playful and insightful juxtapositions that the comic form allows. Science communicators take notice. And if you’re looking for a gift for that family member who’s still a climate skeptic, this may be it."
 
The Ecologist

"The... jokiness is subsumed by this publication's obvious educational credentials, manifested in its diligent thoroughness (200 pages) and excellent glossary of terms."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-08
An often amusing graphic primer about an issue the authors recognize as apocalyptically serious.If alarmism proves polarizing where global warming is concerned, maybe humor can bridge the divide and build a consensus. Such would seem to be the strategy of Bauman, who bills himself as "the world's first and only standup economist," and cartoonist Klein; both collaborated on The Cartoon Introduction to Economics (two volumes, 2010 and 2011). The authors admit that there have long been wild fluctuations in climate before there was any ecological concern, that human activity is only part of the issue and that the doomsday scenario that some find inevitable is in fact uncertain. Having established a tone of moderation, invoking scientific method rather than ideology, Bauman and Klein nonetheless reinforce the realities of global warming, fossil fuels and greenhouse gases as potentially catastrophic. "The key fact about business as usual is that it would make [carbon dioxide] emissions explode," they write, while softening the punch with an analogy involving China and cakes (a guitarist and feedback feature prominently elsewhere). Projecting through the century, "[u]nder business as usual emissions could rise 250%...pushing atmospheric [carbon dioxide] concentrations up near 1000 ppm." The perspective of "environmental economics" distinguishes this analysis from that of a natural scientist or an environmental ideologue, for the authors insist from the start that economic growth, particularly in Asia and Africa, will be a dominant theme throughout the century (and a positive force) but that the profound environmental impact of all that growth is likely to accelerate climate change, unless the world at large faces the problem and its implication and arrives at consensus that might slow the process.Though the book's approach is entertaining, its message is nonetheless urgent.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610915700
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/05/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
520,274
File size:
16 MB
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The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change


By Grady Klein, Yoran Mauman

ISLAND PRESS

Copyright © 2014 Grady Klein Yoran Mauman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61091-570-0



CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION


TWO STORIES ARE GOING TO DOMINATE THE 21ST CENTURY.

STORY #1 IS ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH, ESPECIALLY IN POOR COUNTRIES IN ASIA AND AFRICA.

CAPITALISM AND FREE-MARKET ECONOMICS ARE GOING TO CREATE A LOT OF NEW WEALTH ...

YOU'RE FEELING THE BENEFITS OF WHAT ADAM SMITH CALLED THE INVISIBLE HAND.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT IN THE CARTOON INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS.

... AND GIVE MANY MORE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS.

I WANT TO BE A DANCER!

I WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT!

AS FAMILIES GET WEALTHIER, THEY TEND TO HAVE FEWER CHILDREN ...

HAVING MORE KIDS IN NOT ONE OF MY DEAMS!

I WONDER WHY?

... SO THE WORLD POPULATION IS LIKE TO PEAK AT ABOUT 10 BILLION PEOPLE AND THEN SLOWLY DECLINE.

ENOUGH ALREADY!

AS A RESULT, STORY #1 POINTS IN A DIRECTION THAT'S NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS.

A WORLD OF 2 - 6 BILLION WELL-EDUCATED AND THEREFORE HEALTHY AND WEALTHY PEOPLE!

IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

BUT WHAT ABOUT STORY #2?

STORY #2 IS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ALL THIS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN BILLIONS OF ASIANS AND AFRICANS ALL TRY TO LIVE LIKE AMERICANS?

THE INVISIBLE HAND OF FREE-MARKET ECONOMICS ISN'T LIKELY TO FIX THIS ...

... NOT WITHOUT SOME HELP!

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COER ALL SORTS OF TOPICS.

OVER FISHING

POLLUTION

ENDANGERED SPECIES

HABITAT LOSS


THIS BOOK FOCUSES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

ALSO KNOWN AS GLOBAL WARMING.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS A POLITICALLY CHARGED ISSUE ...

YOU'RE A DENIER!

YOU'RE AN ALARMIST!

... BUT IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE TO FIND SOME COMMON GROUND ...

THAT COMMON GROUND BETTER BE 6 FEET UNDER BECAUSE WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

NONSENSE, WE'RE ALL GOING TO LIVE!

... BY THINKING OF CLIMATE CHANGE AS A THREAT.

HOW DOES THIS ONE COMPARE?

MAYBE IT'S AS EXISTENTIAL THREAT ...

CLIMATE CHANGE COULD TURN THE EARTH INTO AN ALIEN PLANET.

... AND MAYBE IT'S ONLY A MINOR THREAT ...

HOW DO YOU KNOW IT WON'T BE AN AWESOME ALIEN PLANET?

... AND MAYBE IT'LL BE DECADES BEFORE WE KNOW FOR SURE.

AND BY THEN IT MIGHT BE TOO LATE TO DO MORE!

OR TO DO LESS!

NO WONDER CLIMATE CHANGE IS SUCH A WICKED PROBLEM.

THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND.

AND LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT ...

... AND WHAT WE CAN ALL DO TOGETHER!

YOU MIGHT FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT HUMANS CAN INFLUENCE THE ENTIRE PLANET ...

... BUT THERE'S LOTS OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT HUMAN ACTIVITY IS CHANGING THE CLIMATE.

... BUT THERE'S LOTS OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT HUMAN ACTIVITY IS CHANGING THE CLIMATE.

MOSTLY AS A RESULT OF BURNING FOSSIL FUELS AND DEFORESTATION.

AND SOMETIMES BOTH AT THE SAME TIME!


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Yoram Bauman, “ the world’ s first and only stand-up economist,” performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, sharing the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. He has appeared in Time magazine and on PBS and NPR, and his previous collaboration with Grady Klein resulted in the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics. He is a carbon tax fellow at Sightline Institute and has taught economics and environmental studies classes at the University of Washington (where he received his PhD in economics) and at Lakeside High School.

Grady Klein is a cartoonist, animator, and graphic designer. He is the coauthor, with Yoram Bauman, of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics; the coauthor, with Alan Dabney, of The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics; and the creator of The Lost Colony series of graphic novels.

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