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Cranky Uncle Vs. Climate Change

John Cook

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PUBLISHED: 25th February 2020 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9780806540276
Cranky Uncle Vs. Climate Change
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  • Paperback
PUBLISHED: 25th February 2020 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9780806540276

Publisher Description

CRANKY UNLCES VS. CLIMATE CHANGE combines humor, cartoons, and science to make sense of the public controversy about climate change. We all have a family member who thinks they know better than the world's climate scientists. CRANKY UNCLES delves into the psychology of why some people reject climate science, dissects the typical arguments your cranky uncle might use at family gatherings, and outlines how to respond to climate science denial. Guided by psychological research into how to communicate science and how to refute misinformation, it features a recurring Cranky Uncle character that epitomizes the older, white conservative male typically associated with climate science denial, an anthropomorphized (and understandably stressed out ) Earth, and an exasperated scientist. While following the science, CRANKY UNCLES also embraces a creative approach, using cartoons and visual analogies to make the science engaging and accessible to readers.

Author Biography

Dr. John Cook is the founder of the award-winning website, which receives over 300,000 visitors each month and has been featured on CNN, HBO, MSNBC, and in the New York Times and Washington Post. Cook earned a physics degree from the University of Queensland and worked as a graphic designer and cartoonist for over a decade before obtaining his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Western Australia. Cook developed a Massive Open Online Course, Making Sense of Climate Science Denial, which has had over 30,000 enrolments from over 160 countries. He is currently Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Virginia.


"People are always asking me 'what's the best source for debunking the claims of climate change deniers?' Now I have an easy answer: buy a copy of John Cook's new book, Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change." --Prof. Michael E. Mann, Author of The Madhouse Effect and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars "This rare book answers many of your pressing questions, such as what to tell your crazy Uncle Joe when he insists at Thanksgiving dinner that climate change is a liberal hoax. Thank goodness for this book!" --Prof. Naomi Oreskes, Author of Merchants of Doubt, The Collapse of Western Civilization

"This funny and factual walk through climate science and its impacts--and common arguments against them--will leave you informed, recharged, and excited to see the sequel: Cranky Uncle vs Climate Solutions. I can't wait!" --Prof. Katharine Hayhoe, Author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions

"Because the book is so humorous and well written, it's easy to forget that you're learning a lot of climate science as you read it. I highly recommend it." --Prof. Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University

"Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change is a fun way to learn about climate science and the psychology of denial. Come for the cartoons, stay for the science!" --Dana Nuccitelli, Author of Climatology vs. Pseudoscience

"Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change turns climate skeptics into foils for Cook's main mission of educating climate novices--witty, sardonic, enlightening, and engrossing." --Prof. Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University

"Seriously funny! A phenomenal amalgam of clearly presented science and laugh-out-loud humor. Cook's cartoons will help you inoculate your favorite curmudgeon while offering enough inside jokes to tickle climate science aficionados. I love this book." --Susan Hassol, Director, Climate Communication

"Through this illustrated guide, John Cook capably pokes, prods, and draws attention to incongruous, mythical, false, and contradictory claims made by a proverbial 'cranky uncle' in all our lives. This Cook book provides a recipe for both laughing and learning." --Prof. Max Boykoff, Author of Who Speaks for the Climate?

"John Cook harnesses the power of light-hearted humor and engaging illustrations to help even the most novice among us better understand how and why climate change denial gets the science wrong." --Aaron McCright, Author of The Risk Society Revisited

"Cook is one of the world's foremost communicators of climate science, and this delightful book fully lives up to its promise to shine a disinfecting light onto the moral and rhetorical morass that is climate denial." --Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol

"Another engaging contribution from John Cook for helping people understand the nuances of the climate change dialogue. But, using Lego to explain ocean acidification, that's just brilliant!" --Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, The Global Institute

"John Cook's new book helps us all laugh and learn, and in doing so transforms hard conversations into opportunities to communicate and connect. I'll be talking with my own uncle after reading this book." --Dr. Sarah Myhre, Founder, Rowan Institute

Product Details

John Cook
Citadel Press Inc.,U.S.
How to Understand and Respond to Climate Science Deniers
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United States
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