Recently I’ve begun researching climate change.  It’s always been something important to me, since learning about it when An Inconvenient Truth began

making waves over a decade ago.  As part of that effort, I acquired five books on the subject through work.  Thankfully my company supports ongoing education (this is something I’ve expected out of all my employers, some have been more supportive than others; a post for another time but if you employ people, you should consider how to help your employees grow).   So in addition to attending seminars and reading new texts allows for me to understand some of the drivers of our business. Again we build solar power and a large driver is governance which is meant to help combat our effects on the environment.

The first of the books was The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann and Tom Toles.  This is a very simple text meant to introduce people to the science behind climate change and how to explain what’s happening.  If you’re anything like me, you are certain about the science but don’t know how to adequately explain it to people who do not.  The interesting component of this book is that it’s coupled with small comics meant to make light of some of the political aspects of this surprisingly divisive topic.

Mann does well to explain the science, however sometimes feels as though he has a personal vendetta against those who’ve attacked him and his work.  I can’t blame him, I likely would also, but it doesn’t necessarily do much for the reader to go through the names of folks who have steadfastly stood to obscure the science and spread FUD.

The comics are funny and a nice touch.  This was a pretty fast read, not too long, and very accessible, which seemed to be the main point as opposed to longer more scientifically focused offerings.  I’d recommend it for people interested in climate change without much background on the subject.  For those who are already well versed, probably not a must read by any means but fun nonetheless.

Next up is Understanding Climate Change, which gets much more into the science.