The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

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The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change by Yoram Bauman, Grady Klein

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/

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610914383
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 06/05/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 517,704
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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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The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change


By Grady Klein, Yoran Mauman

ISLAND PRESS

Copyright © 2014 Grady Klein Yoran Mauman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61091-438-3



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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Table of Contents

PART I. Observations
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. A Brief History of Planet Earth 
Chapter 3. The Ice Ages
Chapter 4. Carbon Dioxide
Chapter 5. Energy
Chapter 6. Climate Science
 
PART II. Predictions
Chapter 7. Global Warming
Chapter 8. H20
Chapter 9. Life on Earth
Chapter 10. Beyond 2100
Chapter 11. Uncertainty 
 
PART III. Actions 
Chapter 12. The Tragedy of the Commons
Chapter 13. Techno-Fix 
Chapter 14. Putting a Price on Carbon
Chapter 15. Beyond Fossil Fuels
Chapter 16. The Challenge
 
Glossary

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The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This book does an excellent job of communicating both the causes of climate change and the solutions. I learned a lot from the cartoon guides to chemistry and physics, and this book continues teaching it's reader. I liked the blend of history and comedy along with a lot of hard science. This book is appropriate for all ages excluding those 10 and under. I was given a free copy for an honest review.